Windows XP Pro 64 bit
4 Gigs RAM
Radeon HD 4870
Recently I tried installing an older version of my gfx card's drivers (because the newer ones weren't supported by a game I play and wanted to play again now, so I needed to install the old version.)
So what I did was get the installer (v 8.4) from the ATI website and installed it. Restarted PC, tried the game, didn't work.
So I tried version 9.4, installed it, restarted PC, uh oh, blue screen of death. One that looked like this one (I recognize the win32k.sys error):
So I went on my mom's laptop (which is the one I'm posting this message from) and googled a bit and someone, somewhere, said to go to system32 and rename win32k.sys to win32k.old so I booted in safe mode, went to my system32 folder, found win32k.sys and renamed it win32kold.sys (because my PC doesn't show me extensions so I can't really edit them).
I restarted my PC.. catastrophe, another, different BSOD that only had like 4 lines to it with "Fatal error"somewhere, "system shut down"
So I restart my PC, try to open safe mode.. bam, same BSOD. I try last known working configuration, enable VGA, etc.. etc.., all BSOD.
Basically I can't boot windows at all anymore.
What's the solution? Try to find a winxp 64bit CD and repair? Reinstall?
A format is honestly out of the question, it has way way way too many valuable files I can't afford to lose on it :S
Either way, I was wondering if you guys had any other ideas.
Edit: I have another hard drive that I used for some college classes.. it has Fedora and Windows XP32 bit on it.. could it be of any use?
Also, will there be ANY way to recover the files considering reinstalling/repairing doesn't work?
Edited by Karl89, 02 August 2009 - 12:20 PM.