It can be any of the above.
You can try a Repair Installation
to resolve the error message.
What I would suggest you do is to Backup
your Data Files.
For this I would suggest using a External Hard Drive Enclosure.
This will allow you to keep your Important Data
safe and Separated
from the main system in case of problems. The cost for this kind of Backup System
has come down a lot. I would suggest a 500 Gig
capacity for your needs. Since you will only be Backing Up Data Files Only
this should be sufficient to do that for you. Follow the next two links to see examples of the price you will be looking at.
I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial
and follow the steps to do a Backup
to a External Drive
and also it will guide you on how to do a Scheduled Backup
even at night.
Another way you can do a Backup
is by using DVD’s.
This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as above. After the above is done then go on to the next step.Repair Installation Instructions
· Insert your Windows XP CD
in your CD-ROM
and then Restart
· At the first post screen start tapping the Del
key to enter System Bios
· Find the Advance Options
or Boot Sequence
· You will need to change the boot sequence so that the CDrom
is first and the HD
· Press F10 to Save and Exit
and then press Enter
· The system will now reboot
· When the "Press any key to boot from CD"
message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
· When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup
screen, press ENTER
· To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER
· At this point an option to press R
to enter the Recovery Console is displayed. DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION.
· On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement
screen, press F8
to agree to the license agreement.
· Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP
is selected and highlighted in the box, and then press the R
key to repair Windows XP.
· Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
You can also go HERE
to read a step by step tutorial with screenshots.