Windows XP endlessly reboots; won't boot in Safe Mode and Last Known Configuration doesn't work either

Hello! I recently installed Wubi, and am enjoying it well. However, a few days ago, when I tried to boot XP on my netbook (an EEE PC 1005hab), it just endlessly reboots back to the OS selection screen. I have tried Safe Mode and Last Good Known Configuration with no avail. What should I do now? Ubuntu has stopped working suddenly, so I can't access my data. 

do not have a Windows XP CD, there is some weird Asus recovery thing instead. Also, this is a netbook so I don't have an optical drive to run recovery CDs on. I'm trying to make a USB Linux Livecd so I can backup my data... but is there anything I can do but reinstall at this point?

Thanks.


 
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Last updated July 20, 2018 Views 112,565 Applies to:
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Does the afflicted system have a working CD/DVD drive (even an external one).

Do you have a genuine bootable XP installation CD (this is not the same as any Recovery CDs that came with your system)?

If there is a problem booting, XP is configured to automatically try to boot again and you can get stuck in a loop of just being unable to get past the boot options screen or none of the boot options you choose will work.

Sometimes when XP has a problem starting or crashes and tries to start again, it will give you a "short" menu of boot options and none of them will seem to be the right ones to get your system going again.  You've tried them all!

The options resemble the XP Advanced Boot Options menu, but the one option you need (Disable automatic restart on system failure) is not offered because XP has gone too far along in the boot process and offers you a limited number of boot options.

If that is the case, you must invoke the Advanced Boot Options menu yourself until you do see the option:

Disable automatic restart on system failure

When you do get to the correct XP Advanced Options Boot menu, it has options on it like these:



Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Debugging Mode
Disable automatic restart on system failure 

Start Windows Normally
Reboot
Return to OS Choices Menu



What you need to choose from that menu is the option:

Disable automatic restart on system failure

Then if XP fails to boot normally, you will see an error screen with information and clues regarding the problem and then you can decide what to do next.

If you do not see the Disable automatic restart on system failure option, you need to reset your system and start tapping the F8 key on the keyboard until you do see the Disable automatic restart on system failure option. 

If you miss the F8 window of opportunity, you need to try again and start tapping the F8 key with more urgency (sooner and more frequently) until you do see Disable automatic restart on system failure, then choose it.

You need to keep trying the F8 menu until you do see Disable automatic restart on system failure option, and select it.

Respond to the queries and report back the results from the Disable automatic restart on system failure screen and you can decide what to do next.


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