hi there this is my first post and i have a problem with my sons pc. it starts up and then displays a message saying wasnt shut down correctley and gives three options restart with in safe mode wityh networking and best last known wrokings etc no matter which on i do it wont boot the machine back up it just keeps restarting i have moved house recentley and its seems the recovery discs have been launched in the house move
You may well be in trouble. Essentially you need to run a Windows XP install and then select 'Repair this installation'. It may work using a friend's copy of XP (OEM or retail) but I'm not sure on the legality of that, and indeed whether it work satisfactorily either - might be worth a shot though?!
Alternatively you could download a copy of Knoppix to boot off a CD (you'd have to burn it to CD), and that will allow you access to the PCs harddrive files. From there, you should at least be able to rescue the nec files so all your data isn't lost. Acutally, I think you might be able to get a command prompt from using that boot disk, and from there use what VoG has suggested :) Knoppix can be downloaded from click here
all help gratefully appreciated not mithered if i lose data its a gaming machine first and foremost secondley i have just had a command prompt come up saying start system by using windows xp or recovery now i do nt know how i got there i was tapping on an f key any suggestions