I recently downloaded and ran a fine piece of software called Microsoft AntiSpyware after hearing much acclaim from friends...after the scan completed on my parent's PC, it prompted to reboot. I accepted and next thing I new, after it got past the BIOS screen, I get the following message:
Windows cannot boot because one or more system files are corrupted or missing...
Insert the Windows XP Professional Install Disc and press 'r' at the first screen.
Now, I have tried the following: Booting from Windows CD, going into repair console and running chkdisk with parameters /p and /r. No use.
I've tried following your guide in going into the windows install function on the CD and trying to repair the install. It isn't showing up on the partition list so I backed out.
I've tried using my computers ASR floppy disk but that failed.
Nothing has worked as of yet. And the reason I haven't just given up and gone to format is because I CANNOT LOSE THE DATA ON THE HARDDRIVE. It is imperative I get the documents off of there before I format.
My question is -- Can I pull the harddrive out of that computer, put it into this one as a slave, boot up my working install of windows and try and pull the documents off to a CD-R and then format it on my parents comp?
If I cannot is there anything else I can do to salvage the files on the HD before I must format?