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    Arrow Help! Can't get past boot screen

    Hi!
    I have recently decided to reinstall my windows XP, after it is done I can't get into windows:
    I have installed Stardock's bootskin to change the image of the boot screen (http://www.stardock.com/products/bootskin/)
    The system can't get pass the boot screen... it restarts every time the boot screen loads

    I am looking for a way to fix it or a way get into command prompt without getting into windows so that i can get my files before i format the drive...

    Any help would be appreciated thanks!

    p/s : hopefully this is the right place to post this

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    Try booting in safe mode by pressing F8 whilst the PC is booting up, let us know what happens!
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    still can't

    I can't go safe mode either it has to go through the boot screen....

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    If you have the Winxp cd, you have the repair console..

    .. if all you want is your files.. use a Live OS Cd.. like Knoppix, BartCD, UBCD.. and copy your files to a Jump drive or to CD..
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    Question...did you use StyleXP, some other program, or do it by hand?

    If you used StyleXP or another program similar, there should have been a backup made of your boot ini and your ntoskrnl should still be intact.

    Like Und3ertak3r said, use an XP cd to get into the repair console. Look for a backup copy of the boot.ini and restore it. StyleXP names it boot.bkk. If you did it by hand, I couldn't tell you what to do there.
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    Sounds to me you are experencing a BSOD but it reboots as told by windows xp, because it is set by default. Do you have a second computer at hand if so slave the hard drive and remove the files you need or get ahold of Kanotics (am I spelling this right?) this is a linux OS CD. you can boot from this to transfer files. Fist thing I would do is find out what the BSOD says so you can determine if its OS related or Hardware related.
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    ahold of Kanotics (am I spelling this right?) this is a linux OS CD.

    I believe you are refering to Knoppix.
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    Originally posted here by Shadowmeld
    I believe you are refering to Knoppix.
    No Kanotics is another form of Knoppix. This one supports NTFS files. Knoppix is good also but I dont believe it has the support for NTFS. But anyho hope that helps.
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    Hmm...okay, I'll have to look into that. Wasn't aware knoppix couldn't read NTFS partitions.

    Edit: Do you mean read or write NTFS? I don't think they have a kernal that supports NTFS writes yet.
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    Sorry its Kanotix and you can find it here www.kanotix.com and I believe it supports the ablilty to read and write. I've got it on cd and use it when I need to transfer files over the internet when I can't boot to Windows.
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