Then it gives options of starting normally, safe mode, command prompt, etc. But whatever you select, it simply boots again.
I then booted it off of the setup drive and saw the options:
. to setup windows XP, press enter
. to repair windows XP installation using recovery console, press 'r'
. quit using f3
I selected the 'r' option, as instructed by the original error screen.
When I did this I saw four options for windows: windows,windows.0, windows.1, windows.2 I tried the following with both nrs. 1 and 4. The results were the same...I got a command prompt and so attempted to initiate restore with this command: %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
It said 'command not recognized'. I then moved directly into the restore directory where I found the rstrui program but when typing it in I got the same 'not recognized' msg. So I could not execute it.
I then returned to the windows setup screen and selected the first option, 'enter' to setup windows and then f8 to agree to terms.
I then saw options for partitioning and unpartitioning space by moving to my C: drive or my D: drive. I moved to the C: drive
Then, . to set up XP on item, press enter
. to create partition, press 'c'
. to delete partition, press 'd'
I hit 'c'
Then, . to continue setup, press 'c'
. for a different partition, press esc
I hit 'c'
Then, . format the partition (quick)
. format the partition
. leave alone
I left it alone.
My efforts to simply copy over the C:\system32\config\system directory using the C drive from my PC also has not worked, saying that I was not authorized to do so. I am the only operator of my PC.
Can my wife's PC be repaired without having to reinstall windows XP? I have done a chkdsk /r on her C drive and would like to simply replace the damaged files if possible.
Both PCs are using sp3