My other pc runs XP Home Edition. When powering on, the boot-up sequence goes into disk checking (which I've seen before on the occasions when I've had to unnaturally power it down after a crash). No errors are found, so it continues to the XP intro display showing the user-id's, so all looks ok at this stage. However, no matter which user I try to login with, after entering the p/word, it goes straight back to boot-up and then to disk checking. This loop continues ad infinitum. I'm loathe to simply whack in the manufacturer's reload/backup CD as (I assume) this will wipe out all data files which are not backed up.
Any thoughts on how I can restore XP without wiping my data?
Both these options seem to require the XP installation CD. My pc never came with one. It was from Time, and all I have is a Reload/Backup CD, and a separate Backup CD (don't know what the difference is).
....or go to a pc repair shop? Can't afford to lose the data, so option 3 is a non-starter. Product Key? - Time never told me this. And unfortunately, my laptop (which is working ok) doesn't have floppy capability.
if you can get access to another pc, grab some partitioning software, or a bootdisk like UltimateBootDisk4.3, click here
Move your XP partition `up` the HD by 8gb or so and install a new XP er..installation, then recover your files from the other partition using that. Or get a very basic linux runtime CD and go into the mnt: folder to find your XP install. click here
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