I am totally desperate here...I've been working on this for 4 days...Xp will not boot.
I have a desktop with XP (used to be on same network) so that is the good news.
I'm trying to not have to do a full install - but at the very least want to get my files. Do NOT have a backup (I know - DUMMY)!
System: HP Media Center Laptop; XP Home Sp2 (not OEM); NTFS 60G - Being recognized as 57%; 19% free
Have original recovery disc
Have Maxtor external w/ USB to transfer files to (and it is being recognized as d:drive)
Blue screen - power failure
Here's what I know:
Upon startup options to do safe mode last known config etc DO NOT work.
Error: C0000218 (registry file failure) Reg cannot load hive.
"systemroot/system32/config/security" Corrupt, absent or not writeable
Also when trying to boot into safe mode - I believe the bad file is sptd.sys (created from daemon tools)
Here's where I'm at now:
-Cannot get into safe mode or any of those options (to do system restore or ANYTHING)
-Have original XP disc but cannot do repair as the 'R' option is not available once I get past the f8 EULA (which I gather is not good)
-Can't do anything at C: prompt booting from recovery disc. Access is denied to all files - when I try to cd or do anything in there. Trying because I want to edit corrupt registry by creating a tmp dir and copy/deleting registry AND/OR backup files.
-When I do a dir command it looks like Windows, Prog Files, etc directories are empty (zero)
-Chkdsk gets stuck in loop and stops at 50% or other various points - I arrived at this while trying to run a bootcgf /rebuild /list , etc (U have to run chkdsk first).
-Tried knoppix and the external drive showed up fine, not the hard drive and it said that there was an ntfs inconsistency - so I can't transfer my files over to the external.
I have no idea what else to do.
When I try to do a fresh install from the setup disc the option to format, or to leave settings as they are is there. Obviously I don't want to format but I'm scared of the 'leave settings' option....is this a viable option to repair but not lose files? And will it even do anything?
Or, if I could get access into the files from the c: prompt I could try to delete the bad registry entires and or that sptd.sys file.
Any other ideas?? Please.
Thanks so much!