Newb here trying to repair XP but failing
Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:33 PM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 12:49 AM
Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:02 PM
Now the computer starts at the 2 second Dell loading screen, and skips the boot screen with all the safe mode options and such, and goes straight to the XP loading screen, then starts over in a never ending cycle. I think XP is working, so I don't know what the problem is now.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:41 AM
Then click on Repair Common Windows Startup Problems in my sig and follow the instructions using your Windows Cd or the one you burnt.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 05:20 PM
Also, clicking F8 gives me the options:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA Mode
Last Known Good Configuration
Directory Services Restore Mode
Disable Automatic Restart on system failure
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu
Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:32 PM
This will take a long time and DO NOT interrupt the process.
Do you have important files on your hard drive... we may have to reformat. (But we can still recover all the files before reformatting)
Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:38 PM
It's no important documents, nothing of cash value, but it's a lot of personal stuff that I was really worried about losing, that's why I didn't answer for such long periods the past few months. But then I realized I'm not gonna get it back by leaving the brick on a desk forever to dust, so I just want to get it over with.
Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:01 AM
The recovery can be done with Linux... click on Backup Files Without Windows in my sig, and follow the directions.
Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:07 PM
Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:16 PM
I don't think that this problem happened b/c of an infection. If you want to be safe, don't backup archives (.zip, .rar) or executables (.exe)
Is there any chance there are some viruses still on the computer I could copy onto my USB drive?
Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:18 PM
These can transfer virus's also
Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:58 PM
Also, the computer I'm using now is running vista, and has that USB scan thing to check if a drive is safe, so if somehow I do pick something up, do you think that will protect it?
Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:30 PM
Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:42 PM
Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:45 PM
I suggest you go to the Malware Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post the reguested logs in THAT forum. If you are unable to run any of the tools then start a new topic in the malware forum and put this in the subject line...I am unable to run any malware tools
If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
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