System: Time Laptop, Windows XP, Mobile AMD 1600+, 256 Ram.
I have had the Laptop 13 months and it had never been on the net because I work at sea and there has been no requiremwnt. Before my next contract I thought I would update xp and the virus list. I connected it to my broadband at home and immediately got the "blaster" virus. I switched on the XP firewall and was then able to get on the net. I proceeded to go to the MS site and decided to download the XP updates. Mr nobody (aged 14), decided to turn the laptop off during the process resulting in the following problem: When I switch on, the Laptop opens, then goes through "Go Back", then through some sort of scan which is indicated by a bar across the bottom of the screen. About a third of the way through it stops and says:
"Windows can not start because the following file is missing or corrupt - system32\drivers\FastFat.sys You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup useing the original CD Rom. Select R at the first screen to start repair"
I have tried this but the first screen from the instalation disk just gives the option to reinstall XP with loss of all data!!!!
Anybody any ideas? If I bought an external hard drive (connected by USB} and put the OS on there would I be able to access the files on my C drive? And before anybody asks, no not all my data is backed up.