Start up Issues in Windows® XP®
What are the various tips to troubleshoot the start up problems in Windows XP based computer?
Windows XP is one of the most user-friendly operating systems developed by Microsoft. If the users find some difficulty in starting the Windows XP operating system, then it means that an event has taken place that prevented Windows XP from completing its start up process. The distinction is important in this type of troubleshooting process because the point where the event took place within the process is what should lead the users to find out the solution. An additional distinction about hibernation or standby is also necessary. One thing users must note is that a failure to bring a system out of hibernation or standby is actually not a start up issue.
The following are some of the tips to troubleshoot the start up problems in Windows XP based computer system:
- Use System Restore
- Use Last Known Good Configuration
- Use recovery console
Use System Restore
This tool may be helpful to the users when they face any start up issues with Windows XP. System Restore continuously monitors system-critical components for changes and runs in the background as a service. When this process detects an impending change, System Restore immediately makes backup copies, called restore points, of these critical components. In addition, System Restore is configured by default to create restore point.
Use Last Known Good Configuration
The users can also try to boot Windows XP operating system with the Last Known Good Configuration feature. This feature will allow the user to undo any changes that caused issues in the CurrentControlSet registry key, which defines driver settings and hardware. The Last Known Good Configuration feature replaces the contents of the CurrentControlSet registry key with a backup copy that was last used to start up the Windows XP operating system.
When a Windows XP start up issue is severe, users need to use a more strong approach. You can use Windows XP installation disc to access a tool called recovery console. In order to boot from the Windows XP CD, insert the disc into the CD drive of the computer and reboot the system. When the system starts booting from the CD, follow the prompts that helps in loading the basic files required to run set-up. Users should press 'R' to begin the recovery console when the welcome to set-up screen appears.