Win XP hangs at welcome screen!

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Brando, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. Brando

    Brando Guest

    Please help! I was transferring my hard drive image to another (larger) hard
    drive tonight when Western Digital's "Data LifeGuard" utility ceashed. Now
    my c: drive thinks it's an f: drive (so scandisk tells me!), but worse still
    is that I can't get past the welcome screen to get to my files! I tried to
    select safe mode and "restore my system", etc., but it's stopping at the
    same place all the time no matter which option I choose. It took me months
    to get my programs installed and now it looks like I'm going to lose them.
    What can I do?

    My mouse pointer works, but that's all.
    I'm using Win XP Pro.
    Brando, Sep 9, 2004
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  2. Brando

    why? Guest

    On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 22:55:57 GMT, Brando wrote:

    Another, BYer. Your antispam address munge is in the wrong place.

    The aim is too not only not get spam but avoid it hitting your ISP
    servers (hence tacking up bandwidth/storage and processing power). As
    is, the BY server tries multiple times to deliver to
    "BrandonBladesNOSHIT" , you don't get the spam but the server does and
    tries to process it then gives up maybe 24 hours after.
    Get another disk / CD\DVD Writer, Get Norton Ghost image original disk
    to one of those. This way you have a copy of everything as is. Check the
    copy is okay.
    An NT class OS usually handles partition changes fairly well, you may
    get a lot of errors but I have seen it run the OS in cases when C:
    became D: or even E:

    Any of the FAQ of any use?

    Without knowing what DLG did, (created a mini partition, altered mbr)
    it's only a guess but if you can see the boot.ini file it's possible to
    alter the partition number to point to where the OS (now) resides. I am
    <bold>NOT<bold> suggesting you do anything like this, it could be **
    very risky ** but here is a MS article to show you what I mean.;EN-US;q289022

    My 1st task would be a Norton Ghost Image, to CD/DVD writer to at least
    save what you do have before trying any fix.
    The same place is?
    If you fix it, make a safety disk image using Ghost.
    I usually install to a new HD, install apps off my custom CDs i.e. all
    applications and licence keys together in 1 place. Copy any data off the
    old HD which became a slave disk.
    why?, Sep 10, 2004
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  3. Brando

    Duane Arnold Guest

    I just got a copy of the CD from a guy at work. It has a lot of utilities. I
    have not used it, but I did boot with it on the XP Pro machine just to see
    how it works. Maybe, if nothing else, you can boot-up and can get to the HD
    and do something to save your data.
    Duane Arnold, Sep 10, 2004
  4. Brando

    Reid Decker Guest

    Have you tried hitting DELETE when starting up? This should put you
    into SETUP. Then maybe you could try booting up with a different drive.
    That might allow you to get past the problem. I have done this, and it
    worked for me.
    Reid Decker, Sep 10, 2004
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