Windows XP Inspiron 9100 computer

I have a Windows XP Inspiron 9100 computer, I tried to system restore it to another date.
It went though the restore fine and then rebooted and just came back to a blinking curser
nothing else on the screen.
 It looks like I might have  re load windows.

But before I do that, I thought I would ask someone here and maybe by chance they might have a better way. I hate to lose all that information.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Do you have an option for the BIOS?   The problem sounds like more than software.
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starviewAuthor Commented:
There is nothing but a black screen after it boots up I can can get into the computer setup or the Boot menu that all, F8 goes no where
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Does the hard drive show in the BIOS?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If your install media is also service pack 3 you should be able to do a repair install by selecting repair the second time you see it.

If your media is prior to service pack 3 then use something like nlite http://nliteos.com to merge in service pack 3.
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Sivaraj ELead – IT InfrastructuresCommented:
@ Starview

A solution from MS that how you can rectify when it displays black screen rather than display the normal desktop, maybe your MBR / Boot record got corrupted.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314503

Regards, Shiva
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nobusCommented:
here all details on running a repair in XP :  http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

alternatively, you can do another systtem restore (to another date?) like this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
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An easier way is to boot from a Bart PE CD (or UBCD4Win CD) and use the file manager for manipulating files. Here  the procedure :
1. rename c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM to c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM.bak
2. Navigate to the System Volume Information folder.
it contains some restore {GUID} folders such as "_restore{87BD3667-3246-476B-923F-F86E30B3E7F8}".
The restore points are in  folders starting with "RPx under this folder.
3. In such a folder, locate a Snapshot subfolder. This is an example of a folder path to the Snapshot folder:  C:\System Volume Information\_restore{D86480E3-73EF-47BC-A0EB-A81BE6EE3ED8}\RP1\Snapshot
4. From the Snapshot folder, copy the following file to the c:\windows\system32\config folder
 _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM
5. Rename _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM to SYSTEM
6. Exit Bart PE, reboot and test

Use a fairly recent restore point from at least a day or two prior to problem occurring .

** you can add the other hives also with this procedure

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/       BARTPE
http://www.ubcd4win.com/            UBCD4WIN
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Thank you
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