Or XP repair to access and back up the data ahead of a clean install
Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process
Start the System Restore Utility at a command prompt
1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a Command Prompt then press enter.
2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.
3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.
Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from
For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click 315222 to see a description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP
You can use this guide to repair XP
Possibly, you will need to press the power button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter
You will need your XP product key to complete this
The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM
If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install
Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide
Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system
The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive
After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates