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STOP: 0x000007B Cannot Boot into Windows XP Home or Safe Mode


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Long story short I was cleaning junk off my laptop which has Windows XP Home Edition on it. I use to have some viruses, etc on it but I cleaned all that off. I was still cleaning junk off like stuff I was never going to use or need again. So I ran Sfc /scannow with my Windows XP Home Edition CD in the drive to replace any system files that had any problems. After that I ran the Repair the Windows XP Installation from the WIndows XP Home Edition CD but after I did that I would get a black screen after the Windows loading screen. I don't believe Safe Mode was working either so I went back to try the same thing now I get STOP: 0x000007B after the Windows loading screen. Note: I had Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 installed and Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 on the CD. I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed lol. Now the CD does say it has drivers on it I haven't tried doing anything with that. I ran chkdsk /r and fixboot on the Recovery Console but that didn't fix it. Next I tried to rebuild boot.ini on the Recovery Console bootcfg /rebuild and that didn't fix it. Also I found the boot.ini.backup so I copied it and renamed it to boot.ini after putting it in the C:\ folder. I did see some other .backup but I don't know if those have anything to do with it not booting up to Windows normally. Next I booted up to the Kaspersky Rescue Diskand ran a scan after updating the definitions. The scan results came up clean. The good news is I can still see the stuff I have on my laptop from the Kaspersky Rescue Disk or any Linux Live CD. At this point I do not know what to try next without losing the stuff I already have on the harddrive? I mean I am going to put what I want to keep on a external harddrive just in case if it does come down to reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition.

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Wow, sure sounds like you have made a mess of things..... Your best bet now is probably to backup the data, using your rescue disks you created and copy the data to an external drive, then format and reinstall. It would probably take you less time to do that, than to attempt to repair the install.

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I backed up my data and tried everything in the book. I got rid of the STOP: 0x000007B screen and now it reboots after the Windows loading screen stays up for a little bit. I still can't get into Safe Mode at all. Any suggestions? I just want to try everything I can before doing a format and reinstall!

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Ok now that you can boot into normal mode, lets take a look under the hood per say....

Please run the following scanner and send back the logs.

Download DDS from one of the locations below and save to your Desktop



Temporarily disable any script blocker if your Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware has it.

How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs

Once downloaded you can disconnect from the Internet and disable your Ant-Virus temporarily if needed.

Then double click dds.scr or dds.com to run the tool.

Click the Run button if prompted with an Open File - Security Warning dialog box.

A black DOS console should open and run for a moment.

  • When done, DDS will open two (2) logs:
  • DDS.txt
  • Attach.txt
  • Save both reports to your desktop
  • Please include the following logs in your next reply "as an attachment": DDS.txt and Attach.txt

    You can ignore the note about zipping the Attach.txt file

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looks like it might be time to become a ham sandwich ...

the difference between an egg sandwich and a ham sandwich is :

with an egg sandwich , the chicken is involved .

with a ham sandwich the pig is committed .

if you have all of your data then wipe - reload - go is going to save you some frustration .


do you have access to another machine ?

it might be a good idea to plug the HDD in on it and check the condition of the drive via the SMART function .


with XP dying in a few months it might be a good idea to see if W7 will load on your machine (driver compatibility is a big issue) .

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