I'm posting this on behalf of my mate who has just phoned, so sorry if its a bit vague.
He's been using his PC and everything was fine, but he's just done a reboot and he says it gets to the XP logo with the green bar at the bottom and then reboots and starts again and does the same thing.
Has anyone got any clues.
He's got an orig XP CD, so how can he use this to get the PC booted up into XP and perform a restore a previous time.
Try hitting F8 continually whilst its booting up, then select last known good config.
Or tell him to Boot the computer using the XP CD.
When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you do not want to load Recovery Console).
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
He will have to re-install all the hotfixes he has downloaded.