<Lately I read a lot of people are having this error which stops your system from booting.
This is a very awful error which is solved by Microsoft with the solution to do a in-place install from Windows XP. This is a lot of work and I have a much safer and fast solution.
Boot your system from the Windows XP Cdrom and choose to repair your system which will put you in the "Recovery Console" mode.
Now make the following steps:
CHKDSK (which will fix the error(s) on your disk)
BOOTCFG /rebuild (you will rebuild your boot configuration now, just give enters when it asked extra info).
FIXBOOT (to fix your current bootsector)
FIXMBR (to fix your current master boot record).
EXIT (leaves the recovery console and reboots your system).
All should be fine now, however sometimes it is possible that you have to choose which operating system needs to be booted every time you switch on your system.
This can be easily solved when you are in Windows XP:
Go to START > right mouse button on MY COMPUTER > click PROPERTIES > click ADVANCED tab > in startup & recovery click SETTINGS > choose your default operating system which is Windows XP > uncheck TIME TO DISPLAY LIST OF OPERATING SYSTEMS
> click OK > click OK again.
This is all, your system will boot normally again.
I can not understand that Microsoft couldn't figure out this easy solution instead of a in-place install from XP.>
Yesterday I booted from the XP professional reinstallation disk and started CHKDSK from the recovery console. It has been stuck on 25% for about 15 hours and I am reluctant to do anything. Any advice? Thank GOD I just backed everything up like the day before this happened.
Thanks so much for any help. Seriously I have had so much computer trouble lately involving viruses and malware and now this.....I feel like a parent with Munchausens.