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Your Computer Keeps Rebooting? Fix it yourself!

Posted on: 02/01/11

One day you switch on your computer and discover that your PC keeps rebooting and fails to load Windows on every iteration? This is one of the most common boot failure trends in Windows, and there could be dozens of reasons behind it, ranging from improper shutdown, virus infections, corrupted registry to hardware issues like CPU overheating etc. However, assuming that your computer does not have virus, registry or hardware issue, the following guide can help you get your Windows machine up and running without reinstalling Windows.


Note:The following guide is intended to fix Windows XP 32-bit / 64-bit machine. However, it may work on Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well.

  1. Switch on your computer and press the appropriate key (Usually it's F1, F2, F12, or Delete) to enter the BIOS setup.


    Dell BIOS

  2. Change your first boot device priority to CD-ROM. Insert the Windows XP installation disc into the CD-ROM drive. Hit the F10 key from your keyboard to save the BIOS settings and exit.


    Boot device priority in BIOS

  3. Your computer should now restart and would try to boot from CD-ROM. Press a key from your keyword when you see the following message.


    Press any key to boot from CD....

  4. Sit back and relax! When you see the following screen, press R to initiate ‘Recovery Console’.


    Windows XP Recovery Console

  5. If prompted which Windows installation you like to log onto, type 1 and hit the Enter key(I assume the Windows you're repairing is installed on C: drive). Type in the Administrator password and press Enter.


    Windows XP Recovery console login

  6. You should now get a command prompt, C:\Windows>. Type ‘chkdsk /p’ command and press Enter. This may take few minutes to complete the process.


    CHKDSK Command


Once it's done, type ‘exit’ and press the Enter key to restart your computer. Hopefully, your computer will now be able to boot into Windows without any hitch. If the above guide fails to fix the issue, or you need help performing the above steps, give a call at 1-800-PC-Support (1-800-727-8776).


I'm running xp profesional

I'm running xp profesional when i switch on pc starts to load screen say no signal hard drive lights pc switches off and then reboots no lights on keyboard or mouse any ideas? PS never been conected to internet

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