This is my forst post on this forum. I have a problem with my Advent laptop that I hope someone can help me with. I have looked through the forum and notice that there are some people that are having similar problems but not quite the same.
When I turn on my laptop it does all the BIOS stuff and starts to load Windows XP (Home Edition). Pretty early it stops and gives me a message saying that "Windows didn't start propelry. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this" and gives me the usual options: Safe Mode, SM with networking, SM with command prompt, Last known working or normal. No matter which one I choose, after a few seconds, the laptop reboots.
I have managed to borrow an XP Professional disk from a friend that I thought I could boot from to get to explorer or somethings so that I can retreive files such as photos of my kids, Ipod libraries etc. However, it goes into XP setup (blue screen and all).
It may be a dumb question but if I continued the setup of this XP Professional, would this only affect those folders containing Windows and keep the folders with my photos etc intact so that I can back them up or will the setup program effectively wipe the hard drive and just install Windows Professional?
If there is another way of getting into my system to retreive my files then I'm happy to try something.
Cheers for any help,