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When the computer first boots press F8 key - keep tapping the key.
You are looking for the screen that is named advanced boot options
1. Try Last Known Good Configuration.
If that does not work
2. Try Safe Mode
If that does not work and you have the XP Cd insert that and see if it boots to the CD. - it may then display the message - press any key to boot from CD.
If it does not boot again and watch the first screen carefully it will say to enter setup press - Could be F2 . Delete etc.
You only have a very short while to press that key.
When you know which key it is, if you miss it reboot and then enter setup.
Most likely the BIOS setup will have a series of headings once of which may well be advanced options -or advanced setup Go to that and you are then looking for boot priority.
Make the first boot device the CD.
When you then boot with the XP CD in you are then looking for REPAIR using recovery console - which will be press R.
When you then do so you will be asked which Windows installation you wish to repair.
There is normally only the one displayed.
When you get to that at the command prompt you then type the commandchkdsk C: /r
Note the space between the chkdsk and C: and the C: and /r.
Here are the instructions.http://pcsupport.abo...ss/rconsole.htm
of how to enter Recovery Console.
If you do not have the XP CD - as the system came pre-installed or it has been lost etc
Do this please.http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso
Using the above link download the recovery console ISO
Burn it using this linkhttp://sites.google....-console-for-xp
Then run "chkdsk C: /r"
note space between C: and /r
AFTER chkdsk has completed. Take out the CD.
at the command prompt and restart the computer
Please post the results.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 05 April 2011 - 08:08 AM.