I have a HP laptop that came with Windows XP SP1 preinstalled when I bought it. Since then however, when struck with a virus I did format the HDD and used that very same CD to reinstall Windows XP SP1 from scratch.
The installation proceeded and finished succesfully thus the laptop was performing very well for almost 2-3 years until last week since, when all of a sudden, the system won't boot up at all. It shows the loading screen and just before the log-on screen appears a blue screen pops-up and very quickly vanished. All I get to read is that it has to do with a registry problem.
I've read the guide on this site and on various sites too, but none of the approaches seem to work for my case.
When using the CD, I installed Windows XP SP1 from I never get to the:
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
prompt, ever, even thought I follow the instructions to the letter.
When trying to use the workaround mentioned here I am not able to perform this step:
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
which could not happen because that file is 2 GB's (I presume).
Well, is there any other way of working this out?
Can you think of a reason why I can't get to the repair prompt?
Sorry for making a new post while there's a relevant thread, but I was instructed to do so.
Thanks in advance.
How-to repair Windows XP, How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting