I'm helping out a friend. He has a Sony Vaio laptop. He tried to download the latest XP system updates a couple times and turned off the computer during the download. After the first time everything was fine, but after the 2nd time he must have interrupted it at a critical point. Now XP won't boot, goes through the XP screen and once in a while a message pops up very briefly that says not enough virtual memory and then reboots.
I can't get it to boot in safe mode either. Also tried to boot from the XP CD and again restarts on its own.
We'd like to fix it so he does not lose any info on the hard drive.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.