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XP SP3 Hanging Up on Boot - next steps

Last response: in Windows XP
June 3, 2010 3:25:02 PM

Good day all. This rather novice computer user is looking for a checklist of steps to diagnose an issue with XP hanging up on boot - started last night.

Current system is 3 1/2+ years old - Graphics card upgraded 2 years ago - running XP SP3 for games and email.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
Asus P5WDH Deluxe Wireless Edition
2 x 1024MB Corsair XMS DDR2-667
Asus 9800 GTX+
Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic
Seagate Barracuda 300GB SATAII
Antec P180 Mid Tower Case (black)
Seasonic S12 Series 600W Power Supply
Thermalright SI-128 Heatsink w/ 120mm Scythe Fan
2 x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 1600RPM 120mm S-FDB Fan

Problem -

Booting computer - starts up no problem - on XP screen with dots moving across it freezes after about 10 seconds.

On restart I tried the restart from Last Known Good Configuration - same hang up same dot location

I can boot into Save Mode and it comes up. I ran CC Cleaner again including registry. Actually I may have run CC Cleaner before the hand up booting.

An links on a step by step process I can follow so as not to make a problem any bigger would be helpful.

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