how to fix boot / computer won't start up
Posted on 2008-06-22
I have a Dell machine running XP Pro. My AV program told me I had a virus a few days ago...things proceeded to go downhill, and today I'm unable to start the computer. It just cycles to the windows logo screen, then black, then the dell screen. It will not boot into safe mode either, when I press F8 it will give me the boot options screen but when I try safe mode it does the same thing.
I was able to slave the drive and pull my data off, and I want to see if I can get this thing back up and running without having to re-install the OS.
Question is, where do I start? Any suggestions on what to do first?
I have a Windows XP Pro disk (not the one from Dell though).
I remember a similar problem with another computer a while back, and I seem to remember slaving the drive, getting a snapshot of the registry files from a system restore point, and somehow getting the system up again from that point. If you can walk me through that again and that works, that would be great too.