When you restart after a failed start attempt, Windows XP does not display the Automatic Recovery screen if you used NTFS compression to compress %Windir%\Bootstat.dat.
NTLDR can NOT write the Automatic Recovery flags to a compressed Bootstat.dat file.
To fix the problem:
1. Right-click the Bootstat.dat file and press Properties.
2. Press Advanced.
3. Clear the Compress contents to save disk space box and press OK.
4. Press Apply and OK.
NOTE: When the computer is restarted after a failed startup, the Automatic Recovery screen which contains:
We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully.
A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.
The Windows Advanced Options menu includes:
Safe Mode Safe Mode with Networking Safe Mode with Command Prompt Last Known Good Configuration Start Windows Normally