Really need help here.I upgraded to SP2 but found my machine didn't like it.I then went to restore point before update and now the PC wont start up.I get the option screen (black) and it starts with the XP Home opening page then goes to black screen with only the cursor showing.Starting in safe mode does the same,only with the Safe Mode displayed on the four corners.I run an HP machine and have tried restoring windows (its on a partition) but it has made no difference.I can't do a full restore as there are docs. that I need. Cheers
It wont start from disk boot - if I go to (but do not proceed with!) FIXMBR it tells me there are invalid partitions or something along those lines.I need to recover my docs. before risking wiping them - is it time to call someone who knows??? :-(
I am very cautious here as I have never had to run the recovery console, and because your docs seem so important.
You can get someone who really knows what they are doing?
What messages did you get when you typed the chkdsk command - I assume you have done this and this is when you were told there were invalid partitions?
An option is to have someone remove your hard drive and connect it in another pc as a slave drive, hope it is recognised OK and copy your docs off it with a dvd writer, then refit it to your pc and reinstall xp again, preferably from a disk with xp sp2 slipstreamed on it.
Do not proceed with fixmbr as this may totally destroy the partition tables click here if your data is that important you need to try and do all you can to recover it first.
Shows the importance of having a backup - which does not help you I am afraid. Wait until some more advice comes along.