Here's my story: At my university, you have to have a couple security things installed, like Windows Service Pack 2. When I tried installing this, it told me that my system was in an unstable state, and that I should uninstall SP2 and reinstall it. I uninstalled SP2 and my computer went kinda crazy. Big icons, some things wouldnt work, stuff like that. Then it did one of those automatic windows update things, and I thought that would fix things. When it fiished, it told me to restart my computer, which I did. This is where the neverending cycle begins. The computer starts up normally, displaying the HP logo. Then it brings up a screen telling me that an error occured, my computer wasnt shut down properly, etc, and gives me the option to choose Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Safe Mode with Networking, the normal startup, or starup with my last working configuration. The Problem? NONE of these work. It doesnt matter which one I choose, the same thing always happens: It goes on to the Windows XP logo, with the little scrolling blue bar in the bottom, and then then the computer shuts off for a millisecond, starting up with the bootup from the beginning. It just goes on and on in this cycle.
There is no way for me to access the actual desktop. The ONLY thing I can do is press the F keys, to do things like a full system recovery, which I dont want to do, cause I REALLY dont want to lose all my files. Is there ANY thing you guys think you can help me with? I know theres already a couple similar topics to this, but they're all slightly different than mine, and none of their solutions have worked for me. I would be immensely grateful if anyone could offer up some suggestions. Thanks!