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I recently reinstalled windows xp on my dell latitude d410 laptop, everything works fine as long as I don't shut down, when I do, I get a black screen with a list of choices, it gives me the option of trying to start windows normally or different safe modes, than a blue screen comes up and runs a check disk, it even ask me to pick a restore point the last time, which I did, I'm afraid to turn the computer off or restart it, what could be wrong?

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Many things you can do. You can run through chkdsk completely. You can do a windows xp repair installation (not repair from recovery console, but repair installation) and see if that runs ok. You can install windows on another hard drive and then copy data across.

I suggest you back data up then you should not be afraid. You can still back it up. e.g. connect to external usb.

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