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last known good config wont work, need to somehow do a system restore?

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Every time my husband uses my computer--seriously!--windows xp will not boot afterward. So far my solutions have been (1) tell him, please keep your mitts off my computer and use your own; and (2) booting with last known good configuration or in safe mode / system restore etc.

Well today, as usual, after he used it, Windows would not boot. But I can't even boot into safe mode, and last known good config does not work.

I use my computer for work, and I'm missing a day of work right now!

I know there is SOME way to get onto the computer and do a system restore in another way. I do not know how. Can you help me?

I googled for instructions online and printed some instructions, but the first thing is, "insert your windows xp disk blah blah" well...i have a one-year-old computer with a legal copy of XP on it, but i do not have any kind of disk. I don't even remember seeing a disk and then putting it away somewhere--don't remember a disk at all.

Any suggestions for how to do a system restore without windows being booted (either with or without the elusive disk)? Thanks! :whistling:
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If you have any XP disc of the same flavor(Home or Pro) as yours, you can do a System Restore from the Recovery Console:

Should this be successful, I suggest creating a BIOS level password to prevent unauthorized use by unqualified personnel. A little bother each power-up, but will save so much trouble in the long run.
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