I ran chkdsk which reported problems with the file security descriptors (NTFS file system, XP pro SP1), which put my system into a state in which it wouldn't boot even to safe mode. The first time this happened, I *was* able to reboot using the "last successful logon" option. At that point I ran system restore and created a restore point.
But then I foolishly ran chkdsk again, and the "last successful logon" has also stopped working as well. I can access the recovery console, and ran chkdsk from there...it initially reported an error, but apparently fixed it and has no obvious problem accessing the disk. But I still can't boot windows...normal mode takes me back to chkdsk and then hangs after the chkdsks with a blank screen; safemode runs through a series of drivers, spins the disk for about 5 minutes and then also hangs (with the list of drivers on screen).
The recovery console from the CD *is* accessible, and I am wondering if I can access my system restore point from the recovery console. Can I do that?
Thanks for any suggestions! Best wishes, Tom Rocek