Do you have any way to reinstall XP?
- Recovery partition on the hard drive
- OEM Recovery discs
- XP Installation CD
Is you data backed up so if a reinstall becomes necessary you wont lose anything?
If you don't have an XP CD, download and run ARCDC by Artellos
. It will download the required files from the Microsoft Web site and create a .iso file. It will also offer to burn the iso image to a CD for you. If you don't do it then, there is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn
which will do it at a later time. If you're unsure how to do this, you can follow the tutorial here: How to Burn an ISO File
. This can be done from any computer.
Boot the CD and at the first opportunity, enter R
to start the Recovery Console.
Next, choose which XP installation you want to login to. Normally this will be 1.
Lastly you will be asked for the Administrator password. Just press the Enter key as the Administrator does not have a password (unless you gave it one, then you would enter it).
From the command prompt, enter: fixmbrfixboot
Reboot and see how things are. If that doesn't fix it you can try a Repair Install
Next to try would be a Parallel Install
Last resort if nothing else works is a Clean Install:Clean Install- WhatTheTechClean Install - Michael Stevens TechNote:
If you do a Clean Install, make sure you do a long format of the drive and not a Quick format during the install process.