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April 7, 2013 10:48:30 AM

As per title, XP BSODs on boot (after POST, when Windows begins loading) I have not yet tried safe mode. I'm going to try safe mode to get in so that I can do a backup. If safe mode does not work, how do I proceed? I still have the XP install CD - is my best option to use it to attempt a repair?

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April 7, 2013 10:50:37 AM

Hi :) 

Run a hard drive test in DOS... HIRENS BOOT CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive... do NOT do this if you have an SSD...

All the best Brett :) 
April 7, 2013 10:54:14 AM

The hard drive is not failing. Windows 8 just f****d the XP install up, that's all. Anyhow, I don't have a Hiren's boot CD. How many MB is it to download?
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April 7, 2013 10:57:48 AM

Pherule said:
The hard drive is not failing. Windows 8 just f****d the XP install up, that's all. Anyhow, I don't have a Hiren's boot CD. How many MB is it to download?


Hi :) 

Please do NOT swear...its against Toms rules (including asterisks)

I am gone...


All the best Brett :) 
April 7, 2013 11:36:14 AM

I see people doing it all the time. No need to be so sensitive. Anyway, please don't post if the post doesn't include something regarding the problem at hand.

http://www.softexia.com/hirens-bootcd.html
Looks like it's over 500MB, so that's not really an option for me.
April 7, 2013 11:38:14 AM

Pherule said:
I see people doing it all the time. No need to be so sensitive. Anyway, please don't post if the post doesn't include something regarding the problem at hand.


Hi :) 

As i used to be a Moderator here...I KNOW PERFECTLY well what is against the rules.... reported...

All the best Brett :) 
April 7, 2013 12:03:51 PM

Oh well, so much for maturity.

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Straight from the forum rules. Nothing about swearing. I even pressed ctrl+f and searched for "swear" and got zero results. Now I'm not going to be rude and swear without asterisks. I figured it was rather polite to asterisk most of it out. It was simply a means of conveying how extremely annoyed I was at Windows 8.
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