This morning my XP Professional SP-3 machine refuses to get beyond the splash screen. It flashes up the splash screen then shows the boot failure dialog, but nothing works, not safe mode nor last known configuration. Whatever I do it reboots, shows the splash screen then the boot failure dialog. There have been no changes to hardware for a couple of weeks. I tried loading the BIOS set-up defaults but got the same behaviour.
I have a rescue disk image back-up from a few weeks ago but don't want to use it if there is something simple I can do as I have installed a few programs since, and it would take a lot of time. I do have the original windows disk, so could use the recovery console I suppose