I have an older Dell laptop that is running Windows XP. It's been working fine lately, though I've always had problems with it. I just ran a virus/malware check two days ago and cleaned everything up. I haven't used it since then, but today I pressed the power button and waited for it to startup. It goes to the Dell screen, and then to the Windows loading screen. After that, it automatically shuts down, and then restarts itself. It does this continuously. I pressed F8 and tried starting it up using safe mode and all of the other options, but it did the exact same thing. I don't have a Windows XP CD, but after reading a bit, I think that may be the only way to fix it (XP Repair Install).
Is there any other solution to this problem, and what could have caused this in the first place?
Could this be the problem? I don't have the Windows XP setup CD, so how can I use the Recovery Console to fix this?
Edited by Cue the Sun, 17 October 2008 - 07:45 PM.