Windows – How to diagnose a freeze on startup in Windows XP

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My XP box usually boots OK, but occasionally freezes partway through the startup process. When it's frozen, the mouse cursor works but there's no response to input, and the only fix is to hard reboot. If the machine makes it all the way up, it works fine after that. Presumably one of the startup tasks fails intermittently, or deadlocks with another startup task, but I don't know which one(s) are the culprits.

Does anyone know of tools to help log what happens during the startup process, or other ways to diagnose this type of problem?

Best Answer

Event Viewer

In Windows XP, an event is any significant occurrence in the system or in a program that requires users to be notified, or an entry added to a log. The Event Log Service records application, security, and system events in Event Viewer. With the event logs in Event Viewer, you can obtain information about your hardware, software, and system components, and monitor security events on a local or remote computer. Event logs can help you identify and diagnose the source of current system problems, or help you predict potential system problems.

This will give you an error code, which you can then look up on google, or Microsofts site

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