I have an HP media centre xp pc and I was trying to speed up the pc boot up but somehow I have made it worse and generally slowed down the pc. So I tried to do a system restore to get back to normal but although the pc goes through the motions of a system restore at the end after a reststart it says it was unable to complete a system restore and no changes to the pc have been made. I have tried seval different restore points all doing the same. Any suggestions please.
First I unticked 3 unnecessary programs in start up using msconfig. After doing this on start up before the windows xp page I get a black screen page for about 3 secs saying “choose which operating system do you want to use” there is a choice of either xp or system recovery, but before I can do anything the Welcome page comes on. Is there a way I can get rid of this new extra page?
Second I would like to do the window repair that rawprawn suggests, but I have a restoration/recovery disk which contains XP, can I use that to repair xp leaving all applications intact? Also the HP pc does a partion on the hard drive and has a d drive which contains the recovery software can that be used?
rawprawn; I tried sfc /scannow and it wanted me to insert cd2 of xp, I tried my recovery disk and it said wrong cd. i managed to get an xp pro disc and put that in, but still wrong cd message comes up.
I then tried to do a recovery with my recovery disk but at one stage it says that the repair process will not delete data but will lose other applications. Is there a way to repair xp without affecting any data & other already installed programs ( using recovery disk?)