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Recovering from a Windows XP crash

Tuesday, 19th September 2006 9:18pm
Over the weekend my Windows XP install crashed and it wouldn't boot but just stopped with an error message and would not even boot to Safe mode. At first I thought it would be a case of just using the fixmbr and fixboot commands from the Windows Recovery Console through the XP install CD but this didn't work.

The error message went something like this:
We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this. If your computer stopped responding...

There had not been any hardware or software changes or power failure in the days prior. So I knew this was a totally new problem that I had never experienced before.

I managed to get XP working again by following the excellent instructions on the website Windows XP Crashed? Here's Help.

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