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Portable Windows XP Booting issues

Q: Portable Windows XP Booting issues

Hello I am not sure that this topic is in the right section but here goes I have a portable bootable Windows XP Professional SP built with USBoot on my Toshiba GB external USB HDD It works perfectly for when I run virus scanners and cleaning utilities at work as well as do photo editing and d modeling at school The only problem is I ve been able to boot it on every computer that supports USB so far except for my own computer at home My home computer is a Dell Dimension and it does support booting from USB devices I use to run Slax and then Kubuntu off of it and they booted fine off the drive on my home system but it was frustrating to have to deal with their incompatibilities in a mostly Microsoft world Unfortunately now when I try to boot portable windows from it on my home system I get quot Error Loading Operating System quot Windows issues XP Portable Booting which leads me to believe that the Bios is at fault An idea I had was to bootkick it from some CD or use some form of boot loader that points to the USB drive and doesn t fully rely on the Bios ability to boot it But I have no idea how to do that for Windows XP alone or if it s even possible What would be really cool is if the CD could also help with booting it on systems which their Bios doesn t support USB booting But if there s some other way that I can use to make this work I would love to hear about it It s AM and I m tired so I m not sure if I included everything that s needed but Portable Windows XP Booting issues as far as I know that s all I have to say Any Suggestions or Help would be very much appreciated

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Preferred Solution: Portable Windows XP Booting issues

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A: Portable Windows XP Booting issues

Hi There

Its actually not a good idea to have windows XP on a portable drive as when you move it to a diffrent PC the configuration of the OS changes to that PC, So I would recommend Installing XP onto your home drive and do not try booting XP from a portable HDD again as this damages the files on the disk as the OS has to install new devices everytime itstarts

What you could try at work is , go system properties , advanced , enviroment varibles and set the following system varibles :Varible Name: devmgr_Show_non_present_devices Varible Value : 1

Now go to device manager and click show all devices (hidden devices) , the one's that are greyed or washed out icons , you could uninstall without affecting your system. This should work
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You would have to go into bios, and see if changing the boot order is an option.
OR have the cd drive replaced in the laptop.
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I've had that happen to me before. I asked around here, and got pretty much no answer. I couldn't boot in safe mode, w/o networking, or even in command prompt without it restarting.Mine didn't stop until i re-installed windows. So, instead of losing all your files, do this:Download a version of "Live Linux" (like Knoppix or Puppy Linux). When you download and burn the files to a cd, insert the cd into your malfunctioning computers CD drive. The next time it boots up, it'll boot directly to the linux OS (should, anyway). That way you can save any files you want to. E-mail them to yourself, put them on a floppy/thumb drive, send them to a friend to be retrieved later, whatever.Then, keep Knoppix or whatever Live Linux distrobution you downloaded. It's been a major factor in my computer history, since windows seems to crash about as often as you hit the "F" key on your keyboard. I still have files that are 6 years old, but have had to re-install windows at least 6 times on 2 different boxes.Hope this helps.
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try this:
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A:Windows XP with Multiple Booting issues

I've gotten a blue screen that tells me run chkdsk /f but if I can't boot xp that does me no good.chkdsk (chkdsk /f is one option) can be run from the Recovery Console which it seems, you already have installed on the system to boot into. HOWEVER ... given some of your "crazy boot errors" ... I recommend that you first run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic utility, because I suspect your hard drive may be failing.What is the brand (manufacturer's name) of the hard drive in question?To determine the hard drive manufacturer ... there are two ways you could do this:Open the box and read the label on the hard drive (you may have to remove the hard drive to see the label?).Enter the BIOS Setup Menu, and look at the information presented about the hard drive that is detected (if you have more than one hard drive, make sure it is the one that your Windows system is on): It will probably display the model number ... if not the brand name ... and then we can check that model number to determine the manufacturer.
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A:Windows 2000 Booting Issues

Try doing a repair again, frantically hit the f6 key as before to install the drivers. This time do a fast repair and select all three options. I can't recall their names. If you can't see what i'm talking about let me know and i'll do it on a machine at work tomorrow.

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ANS1 > I recommended to clean registry as it improves performance and reduce junk in resgitry . So if portables apps dnt have or create these junks in registry then ur assumption is right and i m at your side too because " u dont need to re-install every software when u replace OS as it will work as it is if its PORTABLE "

ANS2 > Portable softwares are better then installed ones .

Above are the answer given as a user , i have used many portable softwares never had any issue just benefits
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A:Booting Issues

Boot into safe mode. Check the device manager for problems. Install latest video drivers. Install the proper chipset drivers for your motherboard and OS.
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A:Booting Issues

I need to give your problem thought, before giving an answer. If you did overheat, there may be major hardware problems.
Until your computer is up and running, please be aware that there are major known issues with ITunes and Vista. Many articles have been published. If you insist on using ITunes be sure that you have the most up to date version.
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The easiest way is to remove all but the SSD, then install Windows to it.
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A:Issues booting up

Could possibly be a dead CMOS battery- unlikely if the board is new.
Next I would try to clear CMOS:

clear cmos

Remove power from the system.
Hit the power button to discharge the capacitors.
Move the CCMOS jumper to the clear position- or reset with CMOS button if the board has one
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Do something else for an hour.
Replace the battery.
Place the jumper back in the normal position.
Restore power and boot up immediately into BIOS.
Select "Load Optimized Defaults" and set the recommended voltage for your RAM
Save & exit.

It could also be a short. You can eliminate this by assembling the basics of the system out of the case (on top of the motherboards anti-static bag and box):
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Power up. If no POST then recheck with remaining RAM
Retest with remaining RAM sticks.

This is a basic guide for preliminary troubleshooting.

Your next post should ideally include your motherboard and RAM manufacturers and models, unless your next post is entited "thanks guys, I'm up and running"
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A:Booting Issues

Hello Ragumshnagum

Yes, I think you may have some uninvited guests there

I am sorry but we cannot help you with malware removal in this forum.
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If you cannot complete any step, just miss it out and do what you can, but be sure to include this information in your post.
Please ensure that you create a new thread in the Virus Help Forum; not back here in this one.

Please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

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A:Booting Issues

"then it would come to a black screen stating to push F1 to continue"

Is that all it said?

Have you tried booting to the XP cd?
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A:Booting Issues

No, the problem is not necessarily the motherboard nor the CPU. It could be, but unlikely. Dead machines are almost never caused by a bad board or cpu. The Crosshair is a good motherboard, and the AMD rarely fails unless overheated... and your other components look good...

Unfortunately it is more difficult to trouble shoot when it won't boot up...
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Are all internal cables connected, or do you see something loose. Sometimes cables and connectors fall off sometime after the technician errs.
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Good luck. You should learn a few things when you try all these. Please get back to us with the results, even if it is still dead.
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A:Booting Issues

Not quite sure if I read your post correctly. Did you try another PSU? Do the fans (CPU and/or case) start up? Have you definitely got mains power (try another wall socket)?
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A:Booting from CD issues

Enter your BIOS, and search for a setting that says something like enable USB support or enable legacy USB etc. Set it to enabled and try again.

If this doesnt work, try a PS/2 keyboard.
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A:Booting Issues

Sounds like damaged profile, which can be overcome.
Fix a corrupted user profile, Win 7 -
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A:Booting up issues

Hello Xiled, welcome to Vista forums!

I believe some have had problems with Vista recognizing G11s.
I'm sure others with experience with them will help if I'm correct about that.
It will speed up as "SuperFetch" learns what to load at startup in anticipation of your needs.

You may also want to have a look at the tutorials at the links below.

Speed Up the Performance of Vista

Keep us informed!

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A:Booting Issues

Eldoret said:

Hello, I bought a new computer about a month agoClick to expand...

Hmm. It might be best to return it under warranty, as it has a HardWare issue.

But just in case:

Pull out the back power cord
Hold the ON button in for 30 secs (dispersing all internal voltage)
Put the power cord back in securely
Turn on

Still the same?
Return under warranty
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A:XP Pro booting issues

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A:Booting Issues

Hi James Penner and Welcome.
Can you run the tool detailed here:Windows 7 - Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.I know it says BSOD but it collects other info as well with which folks will maybe able to help you.
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A:Booting Issues


You can't change it to a primary partition as long as your booted into windows on that partition and i take it that the Easus PM isn't letting you convert to primary then reboot till it completes that task? So the best thing to do is download GParted and burn it onto a CD or DVD with a program like ImgBurn. Then boot up from CD/DVD. Then your going to have to delete the main partition (not your stuff one obviously), create a new one as primary NTFS, then re-install again to this partition.

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A:Booting Issues

boot into the recovery console and run
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Drive Diagnostic test:
Sounds like faulty internal HardDrive (might be time to replace)
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A:Booting issues

Some hardware details would help.

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A:Booting issues....

Hi carrie640...

it is more likely a hardware issue of some kind. Things to check are whether all the cables are connected securely at the back. The PSU may well be faulty regardless of the fact the fan spins so that's worth looking into. Also, remove the power source completely and reseat the RAM, GPU and ensure there is no sign of heat damage to the board.

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A:Booting Issues

Quote: Originally Posted by darkownage

Alright so I made a windows 7 bootable dvd and inserted it into the laptop and tried to boot it and I received the error ' CD/DVD HL-DT-STDVDRAM GT30N is failed'. What exactly is the problem?

Did you perhaps make a mistake making the bootable dvd? Also i recommend you use a 4 gb empty usb and rufus to create a windows 7 usb as its faster and you dont make mistakes through it. Can you tell me how you made the bootable dvd.
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make and model

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A:Booting issues?

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Welcome to Techspot
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A:Reacurring issues when booting

Quote: Originally Posted by mikem

I have a rather unique situation I think. I have installed a clean version of Win7 Ultimate on my desktop. Now everything the system boots up I get two reacurring issues:

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Thank you;

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do you need any of the files on the HDD?
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check power molex is very very snug
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A:Booting Issues: Vista and XP

Hi sdinesh76,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

The following article should assist you in setting up the dual-boot process - and may differ from the above on how to edit boot.ini (as while it can be done directly through boot.ini, we need more information to give precise instructions and this will take you through it step-by-step and should help you find that information - and it needs to be EXACT in every detail or it will not work - either it will fail to boot or will not boot to one of the options): How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots.

The trick is to find the proper entries to identify both boot options (adding them is trivial by comparison) and putting them in the right place and in the proper order.
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I hope this helps. If not, post back with what happened and how things stand and we'll try to go from there.

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