Starting the PC, I see the black screen offering: Safe Mode options; Last known good configuration; Start Windows normally. Choosing any one of these options gives me the Windows logo for a short while followed by a blank screen. Finally a blue screen appears too briefly for me to read the text written on it and the machine resets, recommencing the same process.
I am running an OEM copy of XP Home Edition which was pre-installed on my HP laptop. Having looked around for methods of recovering my data, I get the impression that having an OEM version of XP is going to make this extremely difficult, if not impossible.
I have the HP supplied Operating System CD which I can boot from, but I have not gone any further with fixes to get me into Windows. Some of the advice I have read regarding accessing the Recovery Console to do this give me the impression that this cannot be done with an OEM version of XP. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
Does anyone know of a recovery method that definitely works with an OEM version of XP? I'm really concerned that I have messed up my registry in such a way that the only answer will be to reformat and start again...
All advice gratefully received,