I woke up to find my computer had an error on it. It had been on all night and connected to the internet (if that helps you understand the situation). The error was something like this:
Explorer.exe - Application Error
The instruction at "0x0105b1fe" referenced memory at "0x000000000". The memory could not be "read". Click on OK to terminate the program.
and 'Explorer.exe' was something else a couple times (if I saw it I would remember)
I kept clicking 'OK' and It would keep appearing, then the start menu and taskbar would disappear and appear. The warning kept appearing. I restarted properly and then the computer would keep restarting after "Windows is starting up...".
I tried going into Safe Mode and Safe Mode in Command Prompt and still restarts when I get to logging in.
I thought if I got to MS-DOS, I could launch System Restore and go back to a previous state, but it's easier said then done.
I have tried to boot from a Win98 CD, but I couldn't locate the C:\WINDOWS directory.
I've tried to boot from a Office 2000 Pro CD that had Word, Excel, and Outlook. I could brouse around the CD in Command Prompt, but that didn't help much.
Now, I'm onto booting from an WinXP upgrade CD. I've tried reinstall Windows, and when Windows Installation is just about done, the computer restarts and I had to restart all again. When I start up now, it is WinXP without Service Pack 2.
In Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console, I have tried to open System Restore ("C:\WINDOWS\System32\Restore\rstrui.exe"), but I just get 'The command is not recognized. Type HELP for a list of supported commands.'
Does anyone know how to open System Restore in Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console? Or even if is possible. Am I even on the right path?
Can anyone give me any hints as to WHY this error happened and what to do now to get my pc started properly?
I also have my all my files on a partitioncalled D:\ and I am willing to try to reinstall Win2K again and upgrade to XP. One more question is if I format or reinstall on the C: drive, will it effect the D:\ partition?