If there is anything I can do at this point, please let me know.
Yes, there is. And I'm very glad you do have a XP disc. I hope you have access to a Cd burner also.
There is a program I use to recover data from computers that will not boot. It's call BartPE
. This probram is run from a Cd that you burn, and boots the computer so you can access it's hard drive. It requires the i386 folder from an XP disk, (which is why I'm happy you have one!). Along with the rest of the data on the BartPE Cd, there is also a bootinfo file which is pulled from the XP cd... (located in the i386 folder)
What I'm thinking about, is that if your bootinfo file is corrupt on your C: drive, you could replace it with the file on the CD. I have never tried this, as I have never run across your problem before, but at this point, I think it's worth it to try it on your computer. It may just work! Of course, it may not, if it turns out that the corrupt bootinfo is actually the one that's on the original XP disk.
In any case if you make the BartPE disk, and it boots up your computer, you would need to navigate the BartPE disk, find the biosinfo file, and copy it (ctrl+c), then paste it (ctrl+v) into C:\Windows\inf folder. Note that you will have to first rename the original biosinfo file before you paste the replacement. Just rename it by placing a "1" in front of the original name so it's easy to find later.
After you're done, pull the BartPE disk out of the drive and just try restarting your computer normally. If it doesn't start, then restart it again with the XP disk in the CD drive to see if you still get the biosinfo error. Hopefully, you won't and you'll be able to go in and "cancel" the upgrade.
I'm guessing this is a long shot, but I'm hoping it will work. If it doesn't, the BartPE disk will at least allow you to navigate your C: drive and move data to your storage drive.
Please visit the BartPE link above, and read the page to see what you must do to create the Cd. I await anxiously to find out what happens!
Edited by makai, 14 August 2005 - 02:24 PM.