A close relative (yes, really) phoned me to say that he couldn't get his PC booted up, & could I help.
I found that it was getting up to the Windows log-in, then restarting. I managed after several attempts to get it started using Safe mode, but it seems to have XP Home listed twice when getting to the 'options' part of the boot sequence. As I say, I've got it running, but he says that AOL had now reverted to v7.0, although he'd installed v8.0 a couple of months ago.
First thought was to run System restore; unfortunately I found that it was disabled :-((, so that was that idea scuppered. I also Defragged, whilst I was at it.
Now having Internet access on it, I discovered that the last AVG update listed was mid-February, although he swore blind that he'd updated regularly. (It took a few cold beers to stop me swearing...). I got a new update from AVG, & also downloaded some anti-Spy/slimeware stuff whilst I was on line.
I've told him not to shut the machine down until I try & get some ideas as to what to try.
I suspect that the best thing to do will be to backup as much data as possible, then do a full reinstall, but does anyone have an alternative 'fix'?
I don't understand why there's 2 XP loads on it, or what's happened to the AOL 8.0.
In W98 I could have run SFC etc too, but XP doesn't have that. (Or does it?).