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Windows xp home edition startup problem

\015 Upon startup a black screen appears with & commands at the bottom. The next screen is black with a curser at the top accompanied by a high pitched alarm type noise. After a few seconds windows advanced options menu appears asking you to select an option.\015\012Safe mode\015\012safe mode with networking\015\012safe mode with command prompt\015\012\015\012Enable boot logging\015\012Enable VGA mode\015\012\015\012Last known good configuration\015\012\015\012Directory services restore mode\015\012Debugging mode\015\012Disable automatic restart on system failure\015\012\015\012Start windows normally (high-lighted)\015\012Reboot\015\012Return to OS choices menu\015\012\015\012Clicking on start windows normally, the next screen asks you to choose an option which is:\015\012Microsoft windows xp home edition. Clicking this option everything starts up normally.\015\012I thought it might be a virus that caused this to happen, so I did a destructive restore and brought the computer back to out of the box condition. This didn't make any difference.\015\012Thanking you in advance\015\012Sally Wilson\015\[email protected]\015

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One of these; Esc & F10, will give you access to the BIOS settings that are stored in a bit of memory (CMOS) that the system reads at turn-on.\015\012
\015\012You will get a text-only screen with a number of function selections which can vary widely so look at them all without making any changes (arrow keys and Enter selects) to see if the feature that is causing you to choose at every boot is a BIOS setting.\015\012
\015\012All BIOS seem to offer a 'Save and exit' or a 'Exit without saving changes' type of choice so if you find none that logically could be altered to avoid going through those menus each time, you can return to your undesired condition without messing up anything.\015\012
\015\012Also typically present in BIOS is a choice that read something like 'Return to factory defaults' which will automatically change the setup to something safe and that which most users want.\015\012If you choose that one, then you need to choose the 'Save and exit' selection.\015\012
\015\012The reason for those steps is to allow those who use a Unix-based (or other) alternative operating system for some tasks to choose different boot modes.   
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