Virus issues in XP
After the release of frequent patches and updates from Microsoft, Windows XP home edition has improved on its stability. Still then, there are times when it may not start successfully. These problems can be due to viruses; as they are the prime suspect. Viruses can easily get into the operating system and can create these sorts of problems.
It is always hard to do a virus scan, when Windows fails to boot or start up. However, some troubleshooting steps, which will make the PC, come back to normality in no time. This article will explain those troubleshooting steps that will help the users in getting rid of the viruses and get the windows started. The steps are explained below.
Instructions by Windows XP support
There are some prescribed steps by the Windows XP support team for helping the users in case of a virus attack and when the XP operating system does not start up. The steps are simple and can be done without any external technical help. The steps are:
The registry is the files that contain detailed information on everything installed on the PC. If the registry info is altered, the files and the applications can get damaged and prevent Windows XP from booting. The corrupted registry entries produce a number of errors. Even though it is possible to repair these corruptions, there is no guarantee about the complete recovery. However, if the repair does not fix the issue, it will surely help the users in recovering the data from the drive.
Stalled Boot Sequence
Virus issues in XP
The boot sequence will load the following elements: master boot record, partition tables, the boot sector, and the NTLDR file. Windows XP will not start successfully even if any one of these elements is damaged. The best way to get rid of the issues is by replacing these files with the ones from the original Windows XP CD. When the users are not able to identify the specific elements that is causing the problem, it is best to use the CD to repair the errors.
Disk in Drive
Often, when there is a disk in the drive while starting the operating system, it will be scanned for the start-up information. If there is any disk in the drive, then the operating system will not be booted automatically. Remove the disk form the drive and try to load the software again.
These steps will help in resolving the startup issues in XP.
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