can't boot past Advanced Options Menu
Posted on 2006-11-28
I'm working on a Windows XP Media Center PC. Children in the house it came from pressed some strange group of keys and now it boots to the Windows Advanced Options Menu, but no matter which option you select, it simply reboots.
It's a newer computer and the HDD is SATA. None of the other boxes around the office have SATA cables available to put HDD into to get the data off of it.
I tried putting an IDE drive into the machine and booting from that to get at the data on the SATA HDD, but even disconnecting all other drives (CD, DVD, SATA HDD) I can't boot the other HDD (the IDE one) - I'm getting the same problem (stuck at WAO menu).
So I'm thinking it's something in the BIOS, but I've scoured it and come up with nothing.