Went to start pc, get Dell splash screen, and then got the "We're sorry for the inconvience, but Windows did not start sucessfully....".
If I let it go thru countdown, the W-XP splash screen comes up, and the little progress bar/cursor starts to travel across and then freezes at the end of it's first pass. No go from there.
If I choose Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt, or Return to Last Known Good Configuration, I get same result once system gets to W-XP splash screen.
This was a PC given to my sons and it did not come with W-XP op disks.
Don't know much on how to actually use a MS-DOS boot disk, but did create one of those off other W-XP machine. When placed in Dell and start PC, it recognizes A:\ drive and give the A:\ prompt. When I try to change the directory to C: by using "A:\> cd c:", I get "invalid drive specification" message.
Opened PC and checked all connections. Look good.
Would like help on how to approach and solve this problem.
Let me know if any other info needed.