Help! Windows won't start normally!!

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I'm using Windows XP SP2!

Well, i was starting to extract an ISO image file and the screen froze and
the puter hung. So, i restarted the puter but Windows won't start normally.
It stopped when it was loading my personal settings.

Then, i tried to start windows in safe mode. When windows was loading
acpitabl.dat, it restarted automatically and went back to the OS choices menu.

Now, i tried to boot using the last known good configuration, i got the
following messages when windows was loading my personal settings!

1. Windows cannot load the locally stored profile. Possible causes of this
error include insufficient security rights or a corrupt local profile. If
this problem persists, contact your network administrator.

DETAIL - Error performing inpage operation.

2. Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a
temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log
off.

But, the temporary profile is like a freshly installed XP. I can't find a
lot of things. I can't access my emails and address book using my OE, can't
find any of my bookmarks, some icons are missing on desktop and start / All
Programs. Not sure if anything is missing in add/ remove programs...As you
can assume, there is no restore points in this new profile.

What's the problem? Is there any way to get back my original local profile?
How can i salvage this situation? Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Balaji K.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Balaji K wrote:

    > I'm using Windows XP SP2!
    >
    > Well, i was starting to extract an ISO image file and the screen froze
    > and the puter hung. So, i restarted the puter but Windows won't start
    > normally. It stopped when it was loading my personal settings.
    >
    > Then, i tried to start windows in safe mode. When windows was loading
    > acpitabl.dat, it restarted automatically and went back to the OS
    > choices menu.
    >
    > Now, i tried to boot using the last known good configuration, i got
    > the following messages when windows was loading my personal settings!
    >
    > 1. Windows cannot load the locally stored profile. Possible causes of
    > this error include insufficient security rights or a corrupt local
    > profile. If this problem persists, contact your network administrator.
    >
    > DETAIL - Error performing inpage operation.
    >
    > 2. Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a
    > temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when
    > you log off.
    >
    > But, the temporary profile is like a freshly installed XP. I can't
    > find a lot of things. I can't access my emails and address book using
    > my OE, can't find any of my bookmarks, some icons are missing on
    > desktop and start / All Programs. Not sure if anything is missing in
    > add/ remove programs...As you can assume, there is no restore points
    > in this new profile.

    Your original account has been corrupted. In Safe Mode logged into an
    account with administrative privileges, make a new account for yourself
    and then copy your data over to the new one. Once your new account has
    your data, delete the old one. Here's how:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=811151

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Thanks Malke, for your suggestion! But like i said in my previous post, when
    i try to start windows in safe mode, it restarts automatically and goes back
    to the OS choices menu. It won't start windows in safe mode. Now, even when i
    tried to start using the last known good configuration, after sometime, i get
    the blue screen and it goes back to the OS choices menu!

    Any way to work around this?

    Thanks!
    Balaji K.


    "Malke" wrote:

    >
    > Your original account has been corrupted. In Safe Mode logged into an
    > account with administrative privileges, make a new account for yourself
    > and then copy your data over to the new one. Once your new account has
    > your data, delete the old one. Here's how:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=811151
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Balaji K wrote:

    > Thanks Malke, for your suggestion! But like i said in my previous
    > post, when i try to start windows in safe mode, it restarts
    > automatically and goes back to the OS choices menu. It won't start
    > windows in safe mode. Now, even when i tried to start using the last
    > known good configuration, after sometime, i get the blue screen and it
    > goes back to the OS choices menu!
    >
    Sorry, I missed that you couldn't get into Safe Mode. You can try a
    Repair Install:

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
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    Ok, i'll go through that page and let you know what happens!

    Thanks,
    Balaji K.

    "Malke" wrote:

    > >
    > Sorry, I missed that you couldn't get into Safe Mode. You can try a
    > Repair Install:
    >
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
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    Malke, i tried the repair install. But when windows was trying to get
    installed, immediately after rebooting, the setup asks me to insert the
    windows xp sp2 CD. It is looking for file 'asms' which infact is in the
    slip-streamed windows xp professional CD (\I386). It won't accept that and
    even when i insert the sp2 CD, it is not accepting. I had to click cancel and
    the setup aborts! I couldn't proceed further. What is the next step forward?

    Thanks,
    Balaji K.

    "Malke" wrote:

    > Sorry, I missed that you couldn't get into Safe Mode. You can try a
    > Repair Install:
    >
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Balaji K wrote:

    > Malke, i tried the repair install. But when windows was trying to get
    > installed, immediately after rebooting, the setup asks me to insert
    > the windows xp sp2 CD. It is looking for file 'asms' which infact is
    > in the slip-streamed windows xp professional CD (\I386). It won't
    > accept that and even when i insert the sp2 CD, it is not accepting. I
    > had to click cancel and the setup aborts! I couldn't proceed further.
    > What is the next step forward?
    >

    Well, without actually seeing the computer I can't give you a definitive
    answer. It certainly sounds like the computer has some severe problems,
    though. It could be software or it could be hardware. There isn't any
    way for me to know from reading your posts. Before you do anything with
    software, I'd do some hardware troubleshooting first. There isn't any
    point in formatting and clean-installing Windows (the next software
    step) if the hardware isn't good. Please bear in mind that if you
    format/clean-install, you will lose everything on the hard drive and
    will need to reinstall programs and restore data from your backups.

    I would start by testing the RAM and then the hard drive:

    1) Test the RAM - I like Memtest86+ from www.memtest.org. Obviously, you
    have to get the program from a working machine. You will either
    download the precompiled Windows binary to make a bootable floppy or
    the .iso to make a bootable cd. If you want to use the latter, you'll
    need to have third-party burning software on the machine where you
    download the file - XP's built-in burning capability won't do the job.
    In either case, boot with the media you made. The test will run
    immediately. Let the test run for an hour or two - unless errors are
    seen immediately. If you get any errors, replace the RAM.

    2) Test the hard drive with a diagnostic utility from the mftr. Download
    the file and make a bootable floppy or cd with it. Boot with the media
    and do a thorough test. If the drive has physical errors, replace it.

    If you are unable to do the testing, then take the machine to a
    professional computer repair shop (not your local equivalent of
    BigStoreUSA).

    Good luck,

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
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    I've Windows server 2003 installed in a different partition in the same
    computer that i can use. It's working perfectly. I'm don't think there is any
    problem with the hardware. Anyways, i'll test the RAM. But how do i do the
    test on the HD?

    Thanks for your detailed explanation!

    Balaji K.

    "Malke" wrote:

    > Well, without actually seeing the computer I can't give you a definitive
    > answer. It certainly sounds like the computer has some severe problems,
    > though. It could be software or it could be hardware. There isn't any
    > way for me to know from reading your posts. Before you do anything with
    > software, I'd do some hardware troubleshooting first. There isn't any
    > point in formatting and clean-installing Windows (the next software
    > step) if the hardware isn't good. Please bear in mind that if you
    > format/clean-install, you will lose everything on the hard drive and
    > will need to reinstall programs and restore data from your backups.
    >
    > I would start by testing the RAM and then the hard drive:
    >
    > 1) Test the RAM - I like Memtest86+ from www.memtest.org. Obviously, you
    > have to get the program from a working machine. You will either
    > download the precompiled Windows binary to make a bootable floppy or
    > the .iso to make a bootable cd. If you want to use the latter, you'll
    > need to have third-party burning software on the machine where you
    > download the file - XP's built-in burning capability won't do the job.
    > In either case, boot with the media you made. The test will run
    > immediately. Let the test run for an hour or two - unless errors are
    > seen immediately. If you get any errors, replace the RAM.
    >
    > 2) Test the hard drive with a diagnostic utility from the mftr. Download
    > the file and make a bootable floppy or cd with it. Boot with the media
    > and do a thorough test. If the drive has physical errors, replace it.
    >
    > If you are unable to do the testing, then take the machine to a
    > professional computer repair shop (not your local equivalent of
    > BigStoreUSA).
    >
    > Good luck,
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
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    Balaji K wrote:

    > I've Windows server 2003 installed in a different partition in the
    > same computer that i can use. It's working perfectly. I'm don't think
    > there is any problem with the hardware. Anyways, i'll test the RAM.
    > But how do i do the test on the HD?

    This is why it would have been good to have had a full description of
    the system in your *first* post. Obviously if Win2k3 is working well,
    your hardware is fine. For the XP install, back up your data and do a
    clean install. You will need to repair the boot files for Win2k3
    afterwards unless you are using a third-party boot manager. Google for
    "repair Windows 2003 server boot files" or the like.

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
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    Sorry, it didn't occur to me to mention about the other OS in my system. I
    never thought about hard disk problems. I never thought that the issue i had,
    would lead me to a format and clean-install.

    Anyways, i just backed up the Document Settings\Administrator directory and
    then did a clean install of XP SP2.

    Also, i didn't bother to repair the boot files of Win server 2003 because it
    only had betas and CTPs and i was planning to format that partition anyway. I
    did a google search and i didn't find anything helpful about rapairing the
    boot files of windows server 2003. Do you have any tips regarding that?

    Thanks for all your help!

    Balaji K.

    "Malke" wrote:

    > This is why it would have been good to have had a full description of
    > the system in your *first* post. Obviously if Win2k3 is working well,
    > your hardware is fine. For the XP install, back up your data and do a
    > clean install. You will need to repair the boot files for Win2k3
    > afterwards unless you are using a third-party boot manager. Google for
    > "repair Windows 2003 server boot files" or the like.
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Balaji K wrote:

    > Sorry, it didn't occur to me to mention about the other OS in my
    > system. I never thought about hard disk problems. I never thought that
    > the issue i had, would lead me to a format and clean-install.
    >
    > Anyways, i just backed up the Document Settings\Administrator
    > directory and then did a clean install of XP SP2.
    >
    > Also, i didn't bother to repair the boot files of Win server 2003
    > because it only had betas and CTPs and i was planning to format that
    > partition anyway. I did a google search and i didn't find anything
    > helpful about rapairing the boot files of windows server 2003. Do you
    > have any tips regarding that?

    Sure, here's a bunch of them:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=repair+Windows+Server+2003+boot+loader&btnG=Search

    Malke
    --
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
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    LOL. Thanks. I'd already looked into a few links from that search result!
    I'll take a harder look again!

    Thanks again for your suggestions and help to solve this issue.

    Balaji K.

    "Malke" wrote:

    > Sure, here's a bunch of them:
    >
    > http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=repair+Windows+Server+2003+boot+loader&btnG=Search
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"
    > MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
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