Help! Caught In Windows Reboot Loop!

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I had the silly idea to do a repair reinstall of Windows XP Home
Edition (not
a "full install", which I will avoid at all cost and which formats
your drive, but
a refresh of the windows installation ). Reason being I was having
network configuration problems and somewhat slow startups, and decided
this was the
quickest way to fix all the mysterious little problems.

Problem is... after the repair install completed and the machine
rebooted, I only
saw the startup screen/logo for a few seconds, after which the
computer would
reboot - ad infinitum. I tried "Last Known Good Configuration", didn't
do squat.
I tried accessing Safe Mode, it would start the process but again,
reboot before
the desktop was loaded. I tried redoing a quick repair. It told me
the last repair
didn't complete, and it went through the process again, seemingly
successfully.
But the rebooting problem remained.

What can I do to repair this?! I do NOT want to reformat my drive, I
have too much to lose. I can probably access the drive with ERD
Commander, but not sure how to go about fixing the problem so that I
can complete the repair install and get on with life....
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Well, thanks, but as I mentioned, this all started with a "repair
    install"! And I did the repair install three times now, so that doesn't
    work.
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    I had the silly idea to do a repair reinstall of Windows XP Home[/QUOTE Wrote:
    >
    > Getting out of the boot loop is easy, if you can ever get back to safe
    > mode.
    > I have to one-up you though. I did an SP1 install over the top of Sp2;
    > :rolleyes: (not my idea) result=format, re-install drivers,
    > applications, data, etc.
    > I'm sure one of the MVP's here can direct you to the recovery console
    > which may or may not help.
    > Sorry I can't give you much in the way of help. It does sound like a
    > driver conflict though. Good luck, I hope you get up and running soon.
    > Treeman


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    Treeman
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    Hi

    Try the following article by Michael Stevens:

    "How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install"
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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    Will Denny
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
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    "Bob Ladbury" <rladbury@kittymail.com> wrote in message
    news:e8bf8c5c.0505020936.27e7287f@posting.google.com...
    >I had the silly idea to do a repair reinstall of Windows XP Home
    > Edition (not
    > a "full install", which I will avoid at all cost and which formats
    > your drive, but
    > a refresh of the windows installation ). Reason being I was having
    > network configuration problems and somewhat slow startups, and decided
    > this was the
    > quickest way to fix all the mysterious little problems.
    >
    > Problem is... after the repair install completed and the machine
    > rebooted, I only
    > saw the startup screen/logo for a few seconds, after which the
    > computer would
    > reboot - ad infinitum. I tried "Last Known Good Configuration", didn't
    > do squat.
    > I tried accessing Safe Mode, it would start the process but again,
    > reboot before
    > the desktop was loaded. I tried redoing a quick repair. It told me
    > the last repair
    > didn't complete, and it went through the process again, seemingly
    > successfully.
    > But the rebooting problem remained.
    >
    > What can I do to repair this?! I do NOT want to reformat my drive, I
    > have too much to lose. I can probably access the drive with ERD
    > Commander, but not sure how to go about fixing the problem so that I
    > can complete the repair install and get on with life....
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