I have a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop, which after accidentally loading (and then cancelling) the antivirus program Stopsigns, is stuck in a logon logoff loop. Basically can't get past the Welcome screen - try to log on any account, pc logs on briefly, see flash of wallpaper, then logs me straight back to Welcome screen. Cannot log on in Safe Mode. Cannot log in Safe Mode with command prompt.
Have viewed a solution on this site:
but cannot find my original Windows disk anywhere. I know I have it, I do have a legal copy, it's just lost.
I thought I might be able to try a system restore along these lines and then fix the problem
and have burnt ERD Commander on to a disk - which I know works in my laptop - but cannot get the pc to recognise it even though I have tried to reorganise the boot order through the boot menu to boot from CD-Rom drive first.
Am I stuck without my original copy of windows?
Is there any other method to access a system restore or the recovery console?
All help appreciated, although I am no tech wizard so any solution will have to be explained in words of two syllables or less!