Posted 25 October 2008 - 06:28 AM
It seems to me that the first priority is to backup your data. Once that's done, you can try all sorts of stuff without having to worry about the data.
A repair install of XP is supposed to leave your data and programs alone - but it's always a good idea to backup "just in case".
In the event that this is a hardware problem, then backing up becomes more urgent (particularly if it's a problem with the hard drive). A failing hard drive can go from "dying" to "dead" in the blink of an eye.
The blue screen is called a hardware error because it is the result of Windows shutting down your system to prevent damage to the hardware. It does not have to be a physical problem with the hardware, it can also be a driver that's working improperly or malware (the 2 most common causes).
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