I have Windows XP on my computer and had automatic windows updates set up. Whenever an update was installed, my computer would automatically restart. When I came home from work the other day, there was a black screen on my computer. I don't know if a windows update was installed and the computer restarted or what. But the screen said something about the loss of a file and that I needed to boot from the Windows XP cd, which I don't have. After several unsuccessful attempts to reboot the machine, I pruchased and download a Windows Recovery cd. This didn't work either. Now when I turn my computer on, I get a black screen that says:
"A proplem with the hard drive has been detected. Consult the Troubleshooting Section of your user's manual. Press the Enter key continue."
When I hit enter, I get another black screen that says:
"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this....etc, etc."
Then it gives me three options on how to start Windows (i.e. in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt). I tried all of these options and nothing works. I just start back from the beginning and go through the same routine.
Does anyone know what may have caused this and what actually happened to my computer? Was it a virus? Is it fixable? Is my hard drive shot? Any help you can provide is much appreciated.