My wife's 45 year old Gateway Notebook refused to boot up to Windows XP Home Edition today. We tried to recover to a previous date but that did not work. Now it refuses to even give that option and simply says Fatal Error - Cannot update Registry.
Now the kicker is that the Notebook was purchased at Best Buy and the Windows XP had to be installed after purchase by going to a website and downloading it. Of course she did not make back-up copies.
Gateway now tells me we need to purchase a new Windows XP but my argument is that it came with the original machine (albeit via a download rather than a disk) and we should be able to re-download to fix the problem. So far they are not buying that.
1. Any thoughts on how to re-load XP if I cannot even get it to boot up?
2. What would happen if I re-loaded the XP that came with my Dell desktop?