My HP xp2000 laptop, running XP Home, was sitting there, not being used, running just fine, when -- BAM -- it went into the blue screen of death. A reboot produces the typical black screen with text informing me that:
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S
Of course it gives options to try again -- reboot normally, or in safe mode, or using last successful configuration... None of these options works. All produce the same error. If I can't even get to safe mode..... That seems a bit rough.
The person I bought the laptop from will be bringing me the original setup CD, so I can try a repair. But that's going to be a few days... Is there anything I can do in the meantime? I have already taken a look at http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307545
, but the solution there indicates that it's not for OEM installations, and I'm pretty sure this HP laptop has an OEM installation.
Help! And thanks,