Windows XP updates hosed my PC
August 14, 2007 7:49 PM Subscribe
My pc can't start Windows after the latest updates. What now?
posted by tdismukes to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I just installed the latest automatically downloaded Windows updates for my XP Pro home pc. I forget what all the updates were - various security patches and reliability updates.
Now when the computer tries to boot up, there's a long wait and then I get the message that "Windows did not start sucessfully." I've tried the option to start using the last known good working configuration. Same result. I've tried starting in Safe Mode. In that case I get a bunch of lines as follows:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\ (names of various .sys files)
and then eventually it tries to reboot and comes back to the same "Windows did not start successfully" screen. This happens whether I choose regular Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
I've got a 3 gig processor, 1 gig of memory and plenty of disk space. I hadn't had any hardware problems previously.
Do I have any options besides re-installing Windows from scratch?