Issues with booting a Windows XP Operating System are caused due to several reasons, such as malware attack including viruses and Trojans, driver conflicts, user-caused errors and application conflicts. If you are unable to boot into your Windows XP Operating System even after trying several troubleshooting steps with the aid of Windows help, you can try the product installation disk for a fix.
A product installation disk works as a recovery disk and enables booting into the recovery console, bypassing the corrupted operating system. If you do not have recovery disk, do not lose heart. The issue can be fixed by booting into the Safe Mode, and employing the built-in system restore utility to troubleshoot the damages caused to the OS by various factors. Following the below listed instruction steps, you can fix the issue.
- If you are working on the problematic PC, turn it off.
- Restart the PC and hold on F8 key. Make sure that you start pressing down on the key before Windows begins to load. The boot options will be displayed on your computer screen.
- Locate safe mode option from the Boot Options menu.
- Once you have located the Safe Mode option, navigate to the option using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
- Select the Safe Mode option and press on the Enter key in order to boot your PC into Safe Mode.
- Once Widows has loaded your PC in Safe Mode, navigate to the Start button.
- Select the option that says Help and Support. This will launch the Help and Support page.
- Select Performance and Maintenance from the Help and Support page.
- Choose the option titled Using System Restore to undo changes.
- Press on the Run the System Restore Wizard button in order to launch the wizard. The wizard will display a list of restore points. Choose the restore point you want.
- Press on the Next button to continue.
- Follow the on-screen instructions. Now the wizard will locate a known good configuration, and restore your system to the located point.
- The current restore point will not suffer from any damages caused to the Operating System previously. You will be able to boot your computer and use any application without any errors.
You have now successfully recovered your Windows XP Operating System without a recover disk. If you confront any further issues, browse through the Windows help entries, which detail additional troubleshooting steps on the issue.