The system with the problem is running Windows XP home editions with SP2 installed. Out of the blue it started crashing today. By crashing, I mean it locks up for about 30 seconds, then reboots. While rebooting it runs scandisk each time with no errors found. Windows then boots up fine. It doesn't really matter what application I start, it still crashes. I've been able to open control panel and remove some programs, but eventually it still crashes. It crashes everytime I open IE 6.0.
I've tried using the XP CD to repair. It will boot to the CD, ask me if I want to repair or install. When I choose repair, it ask which installation I want to repair. I entered "1", then it asks for admin password. I left it blank (i.e., [Enter]). It then just gives me a "C:\Windows>" prompt.
Where do I start to fix this problem? I have data on this system that I cannot lose (if at all possible). It's not affecting my wireless network to my other PC. Any ideas?