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I have an XP installation that won't boot properly. Windows boots until just before I have the option to select a user. I can't get into Windows normally (and Safe Mode is the same) to check things like the Event Viewer.

Is there a way of checking where Windows has got stuck and why?

What tools does Windows XP already have to do this? Are there other tools or apps to highlight what is going wrong?

I realise I could just reinstall or repair XP, but I don't really want to without knowing that it can't (easily) be fixed.

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See this article

http://www.watchingthenet.com/how-to-enable-boot-logging-for-fixing-startup-problems-in-windows.html

Then you would need to use a puppy linux or Ubuntu boot CD to read the ntbootlog.txt file created on the hard drive

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By chance, happened upon a fantastic MSDN article How Windows Starts Up, Part 2 - Bootloader Phase (- there should be four parts but I can't locate the other two.)

There's even one about How Windows Shuts Down.

Also, there's Troubleshooting the Startup Phase.

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