My work pc, running XP Pro, is rebooting automatically to the startup menu and no matter what you select (SafeMode, Last Known Good, Normal, etc.), it will show the the XP splash screen with the scrolling bar for 3 seconds then reboot -- every time. It will not go further.
One thing that I may have done to cause this (really, obviously THE cause) is that my pc, which has not been rebooted for a week and running very slow, was unplugged because of my impatience during shutdown. When I restarted, I got all the normally shutdown windows but when it said "Saving your
settings" (which is where it's copying my romaing profile back to the server), I waited for over 30 minutes and was hasty and pulled the plug even though there seemed to have been HD activity. Yes, I f'd up ;)
I have so far as to go into the Recovery Console via the CD. Once at the command prompt, the first thing I noticed that it doesn't default me to C:\Windows>, but rather C:\, which is what all the documentation said I should be at that I've seen. I can access my CDRom Drive and when I type HELP, I do get the list of available commands at this console (Attrib, ChkDsk, Del, etc.).
What I can't do is simple things like change directories (cd Windows) or make directories (md tmp) I get "Access Denied". I did run with success, "FixMbr" and "FixBoot". <--- Didn't help.
Now, in my research, the most accurate page I've found so far to what I'm experiencing is that my problem is a corrupted kernel32.dll. But, I can't follow the recommendations of restoring it via its instuctions because of the "Access Denied" msg to the HD.
From this page, the part in bullet "d." said that "When you're prompted, type the Administrator password." So, I'm guessing this will give me the HD Access I need. I don't know why it's not prompting me nor do I know how to intiate it. This is what I hope someone knows something about.
Any and all advice would be more than appreciated.