Repairing Corrupted Windows XP on Lenovo Laptop
Posted on 2011-10-22
I have a client with a Lenovo 3000 V200 laptop. Originally it came with Windows Vista installed, but client retrograded back to Windows XP Pro soon after purchasing the laptop. Today the computer started crashing at boot time. Trying to boot into Safe Mode also crashes the system.
I tried booting from a Windows XP Pro CD in order to do a repair re-installation of Windows XP. However, I never get an option to reinstall the OS. It will show the NTFS partition there with the options to delete that partition or reformat it before installing. I told Windows to install w/o altering the partition. As expected this installed Windows into a separate folder (Windows.0). I can now boot with no problem into that 2nd Windows. Once at the desktop, I installed and ran MalwareBytes and ComboFix to rule out malware as the cause of the crashes. ComboFix did remove some files and directories. However, I still can't boot into the first Windows install.
I'm guessing that there a corrupt driver file or Windows startup file that is causing the crashes. I do see a BSOD before the system crashes, but it flashes off in less than a second before the system reboots, so I can't read which file or driver is causing the crashes.
Would appreciate advice on how to proceed with this. How can I check the crash/error reports from that 1st install?