I went away for a couple of days with a fully functioning desktop, and came back today to one that didn't work. This is my girlfriend's computer, so I'm not exactly sure of the history, but I know it's functioned fine to date, aside from a small disk formatting problem a few weeks which was fixed by a simple tool.
Basically, I can't get windows xp to start at all. There's two versions installed, and it gives a choice each time the comp starts, but I've never had cause to use the second- either way, neither works.
[Sorry for typing out everything, I just don't want to leave anything out.]
The main one brings this text screen:
[...]Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused this.
If your computer stopped respondingm restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.
If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.
Then I'm given the following options:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked
Start Windows Normally
Each of the Safe Mode choices brings up a string of, I guess, commands at the bottom of the same screen:
And in the same system32 folder:
Back to the windows folder:
Then in system32\drivers:
Then it restarts.
The other two options are easier, they just have a little progress bar that moves for a minute, freezes, then restarts after about ten minutes.
So I tried to repair Windows from the disc, using the tutorial on this site, but as it's repairing it tells me it cannot delete a number of files:
Setup cannot delete the file: 3CDMINIC.EXE
This error will not prevent Setup from completing successfully.
* to skip deleting this file, press ESC.
* to retry deleting this file, press Enter.
* to quit Setup, press F3.
I have to skip.
The same thing happens for:
Then, finally, it fails when this happens:
Setup cannot create the folder:
Setup cannot continue until the folder is created.
I can't get this to work, so I'm forced to quit.
It's very important that I get this computer up and running without losing any data- it has a lot of stuff that can't be replicated (I know, always back up...). I'd be massively, hugely, "wow, that's big"ly grateful for any help.