We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. Recent Hardware or software changes might have caused this.....
This is the WinXP Home Edition ERROR MESSAGE:
Black Screen/White Text:
"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. Recent Hardware or software changes might have caused this.
If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose the Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.
If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or... choose Start Windows Normally.
Safe Mode Safe Mode with Networking Safe Mode with CMD
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked).
Start Windows Normally
First, NONE of these above options work. As SOON as I strike the keyboard it FREEZES.
I have tried hitting F8 on start up. NOTHING.
A friend shipped me her hard drive for other reasons (can't get her Netscape mail to show up). Upon arrival, in a VERY WELL packaged box.....this ERROR msg. happens. It was fine when she used it last.
I have put it in two known good towers, same thing. I have switched all the jumpers around, just to try it. I have tried different cables, different electrical outlets....different houses!!
I have scanned it for viruses: NO viruses found.
I have made it a slave and backed up MyDocs, mail, et cetera. I CAN SEE THE DATA AS A SLAVE.
I do NOT have the Restore Software disk because all she SHIPPED me is the hard drive.
PERHAPS she can find the disk and mail it to me......BUT, I want to get it fixed now while I have the time. She also just moved, I am not expecting her to BE ABLE to find ANYTHING right now.
My question is:
Can I download a Restore Disk? (its from a DELL)
I do NOT need the authentication NUMBER. I have that a phone call away. I just need to be able to run diskcheck, or whatever other tools the Restore Disk offers.
If not, can I download something else (floppy) that gives me the same tools?
Re: We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. Recent Hardware or software changes might have caused this.....
If you have a Windows XP CD you may be able to do a Repair Reinstall of the operating system using the procedure here. You can also do a clean reinstall of the OS and then change the Product ID to hers using the procedure here.