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[*] Post 321083 posted on 16-2-2008 at 18:29 Reply With Quote
Laptop won't boot

IBM T42 Thinkpad, XP Pro

I get a blue screen and this error


Problem is the computer won't boot so I can't repair the file. It won't start in safe mode (same error).

I can't reinstall XP as I don't have the disk-although I have the full product key and it is registered with Microsoft.

I'm a bit stuck and would welcome any help/suggestions.

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[*] Post 321186 posted on 17-2-2008 at 04:16 Reply With Quote

I'm not sure I've understood properly... You said it won't boot, but then you say it won't go into safe mode...

So, I'm guessing it does boot up, but fails at the point of loading Windows...?

Can you boot to CD/DVD ok? If so, you just need the Windows disc and then run the Repair facility, or copy the file etc from the CD. (Using your genuine SN) Do you know anybody that could lend you their CD...?

WinXP Home, or Pro...?
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[*] Post 321225 posted on 17-2-2008 at 12:23 Reply With Quote

IIRC IBM may actually provide a means for creating the recovery CD as part of the OS. The problem you now have is that you don't have that CD. There may be a utility as part of the boot process that allows you to do the same. As the system boots, is there an option to press a key to enter a "Boot Options" Menu. This is a long shot, but it may be worth a try.
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