5 Common Reasons behind Windows XP Start up Problems with Subsequent Solutions

Windows has been the most popular OS since many years due to of excellent GUI and improved level of security. Though, some of its annoying error and related file system issues makes it less preferred OS among us. In this article, you may get the complete idea about why start up problems occur in XP and similar OS i.e., Windows 7, Vista, 2000 etc. as well as the handful ways to solve the same in less complex ways. 

Causes behind startup problems

Among various known start up issues, below are the top 5 most common problems that makes Windows unable to boot or go to the desktop screen. 

1.  Failing Hardware: The common reason in most of the startup problem cases do occurs due to of failing system hardware or its parts and may throws you in deep trouble by preventing you to access your system or any of its stored data. Hardware problems range from minor failure to major, after which you've to invest good amount of time and money to make it fixed.

2. Outdated or old drivers: As the name suggests, some of your system drivers become outdated as the time pasts and stop supporting your current operating system. As results, your windows may start to give different type of BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) errors and needs to be updated before you can use your system again. 

3.  Damaged or Malfunctioned File System: Since Windows & IBM File System discoveries, we may have heard about different type of file system i.e. NTFS, FAT, Ex-FAT etc. which plays an important role in smooth and efficiently running of your operating system. In case any of your system files got corrupted, your windows might start to fail and so as your current file system. As file system contains booting information and several others, booting problems arises.

4. Virus/malware attack: First and foremost important things to check in your system after facing such start up problems, is for virus/malware issues. Virus may eventually access confidential data and corrupt booting files to get full unauthorized access. Fresh installation might do the needful tasks but you should ensure yourself that all your current data will be lost and become non recoverable forever.

5.  Registry Corruption: This might occur due of installing unauthorized or faulty computer programs. This provides severe damage to your system registries or alter its value in a way that Window won't capable to read it.  Registries are an important part of your system and requires by your system to perform normal computer operation. 

How to find the relevant causes behind such start up problems?
Before leading to any conclusive decision, we need to manually check and find the exact cause behind start up error that you're facing currently. System may give start up error either because of damaged hardware, virus corruption or missing/deleted/damaged system files etc. and then after we can follow the solutions accordingly. 

You could hear grinding or spinning sound from around the hard drive or smell something burning from the CPU. Immediately shut down the computer and remove the case and check for any failing equipment you could found. If you found one remove it and again test the system to see if its start to work again. 

You could also see several black screen error messages such as:
  • "NTLDR is missing"
  • "Missing Operating System"
  • "Drive not accessible"
  • "Unmountable boot volume"
  • "Missing an important system files"
The above mentioned errors can be thrown by your system, if its suffering from serious damages because of virus/malware corruption, corrupted or deleted system files, corrupted registries, outdated driver. These errors are also responsible for various STOP or Blue Screen Error messages which is little hectic to troubleshoot and need professional helps.

What are the possible solutions?
Below mentioned are some common solutions which you can follow immediately after facing any of above mentioned error:

Using advanced start up options: Windows has facilitated its users with bunch of utilities to mitigate various startup problems on their own such as safe mode, system restore, last known good configuration etc. You can easily get to the 'Advanced Start up options' by pressing and holding F8 keys just after starting the system.  You can try each option separately and pin point if any of them can help you to get your system back so that you can restore it to recent working state. 

Using start up repair CD/DVD: Windows has provided system start up repair CD/DVD at free of cost to their customers and can be downloaded from any of the open source website. You can create a CD or DVD of this start up repair and can use its various functionality such as Start up RepairSystem RestoreSystem Image RecoveryCommand Prompt, and Memory Diagnostic. Each of these options used for different purposes and helps you in accessing your   system back again. 

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