I have winXP 2gb memory,200gb HD with only 1% space. The computer crashed.On restart the pentium4 symbol came up and stayed longer than usual, then the XP logo and started loading.Screen then went blank [as normal before showing users]. This time the screen remained blank except for the mouse cursor which could be moved around screen.
I have forgotten the key you press[F1-10] to get to saftey loading options!
Anyway I pressed a number of these keys in panic and landed up in "set up" [blue screen with options].Two of the options may help me but not sure what to do! 1] Load default settings 2] Load optomised default settings
Any of these similar to "safe mode"? If so I could try deleting some files etc and use "system restore"?
I have a rescue disk but this re-sets to factory settings. I have a section on the HD which does the same. I also have a couple of back-ups on an external HD. Suggestions please. This is all new to me!
I managed to get to the "F8" screen and I chose: "Load last known good XP" However the same thing happened and am left with a blank screen [dark] and a mouse cursor. I turned off computer and restarted into "F8". I then chose "Safe Mode". The screen showed some info on the HD then went into safe mode with "safe mode" in each corner and on the top "Windows XP service pack 3". Again though the rest of the screen in blank with the mouse cursor showing. Is it possible I have no more space on HD?
Not wishing to put you off the scent..... I have a "restore to factory settings disk" and one back up on the HD partition and two back ups on an external HD.Even if I use the factory settings disk I am not technically minded enough to know how to use it, then restore the back up to my hard drive! Anyway, I think the problem is I have no space to do anything. Is there aything in the F5/F8 screen that could help? Thanks.
Try Pressing the Ctrl Alt Del keys together to bring up Task Manager
On the Processes Tab sort them by Image Name then scroll down to Explorer.exe click to highlight it then click on the End Process button lower right ,next goto the Applications tab click the New Task button and in the window type Explorer.exe and click OK
This should bring up your desktop when there use the Windows System restore system to revert to a time when all was well with your PC