Those instructions were intended for a bug fix in an old version of SmitFraudFix (v2.169). If you used a recent version, they do not apply and certainly do not apply if you never used the tool.
It can be difficult to determine what exactly caused this problem. Bootup failure can be due to a variety of issues to include application faults, hardware failures, loose pin connections or malware. Startup failures that occur before
the OS loader (Ntldr) starts could indicate missing or deleted files, or damage to the hard disk master boot record (MBR), partition table, or boot sector. If a problem occurs during
startup, the system might have incompatible software or drivers, incompatible or improperly configured hardware, or corrupted registry/system files. However, the first thing to do is check all your hardware connections and ensure they are fitted properly.
If Windows XP (or 2000) refuses to start in Normal Mode, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode
" using the F8
method and select "Last Known Good Configuration
" or System Restore from a command prompt in Safe Mode
to return to a previous state before your problems began.
"10 things you can do when Windows XP won't boot
"What to Do When XP or 2000 Won't Boot
If you cannot boot up in Normal or Safe mode, you may be able to use a Windows XP bootable Floppy Disk
to boot from a diskette instead of your hard drive. If your hard drive's boot sector or Windows' basic boot files have been corrupted, this disk will circumvent the problem and boot you into Windows. If you don't have an emergency boot floppy, you may be able to use one created on another PC running Windows XP but there's no guarantee that it will boot your machine.
"Resolving Boot Issues with a Boot Floppy Disk
"How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks
" and select the download that's appropriate for your Operating System. The Setup boot disks are available so that you can run the Setup program on computers that cannot use a bootable CD-ROM.
Another option is to create a Bootable CD
• Bootable CD FAQs
• Bart's way to create bootable CD-Roms
, Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE)
• Ultimate Boot CD
• How to write a CD/DVD image or ISO
• Creating A Windows XP Recovery Console CD Image