Sorry if that was unclear, I'll start from the beginning.
While updates were being installed onto the computer my sister accidently turned off the power mannually (as in, holding in the power button). When I tried to turn the computer back on all the usual splash screens came up and then a black screen saying;
"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.
If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.
If a previous startup attempt was interrupeted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally."
Then 5 options;
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Commnad Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Start Windows Normally
None of these options worked all simply restarted the computer and brought up the same screen again.
Eventually I decided the OS would need repairing. I entered BIOS and set to boot from CD ROM. Then used the XP disk to repair the damage. Here's where my problem is.
The CD boots and I am confronted with the usual blue screen with the three options; set up windows XP, repair using recovery console and quit setup.
When I press the enter key to enter the windows XP set up I end up with a blue screen where the license agreement should come. It has "Widnows XP Home Edition Setup" at the top and "Examining 114471 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi.." along the bottom. It stays frozen on this. I have left it for 2/3 hours but there is no change. The same thing happens when I enter recovery console.
I've heard that an updated version of the XP disk might help? Do you have any other suggestions as to what the problem is and how it can be solved?
Basically I just want to boot windows back up with the current hard drive.
Edited by dave.woody, 13 September 2008 - 11:48 AM.