Disk Boot Failure. Insert system disk and press Enter
This is because I unplugged the 2nd HDD. (power to it only)
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This was a problem identified in 2002 and corrected by one of the updates. That msg was showing on all re-boots in win xp.
Sound like you have it setup to boot off of a folppy?
Ist Boot...floppy (I have a win98 boot floppy disk)
2nd Boot...HDD 0
I have retained this boot sequence throughout my use of the machine. For a year I dual booted, one HDD with win98, one with winxp pro. As you probably know, winxp will not accept any other OS on the same drive (or even installing another in it's presence). My dual-booting was done interupting the boot at BIOS (tapping delete), and reconfiguring the boot sequence when I wanted win98 instead of winxp. Winxp is more prone to internet problems than win98 in some folk's opinion. I found so also, in the beginning, as I was learning. Kept my machine's winxp side outta the picture.
Now I want to slipstream winxp pro and have Linux as an option, from HDD. Until I feel competent, I plan on using devil-linux ofF CD. It takes time to learn by trial and error. lol
Could be many things.
2 things are likely to be contributing. The system restore functionality was fried in the boot drive swap. My efforts to restore it to normal were probably no help. The Office Suite problem...who knows? The whys and wherefores are the stuff of years of corporate thinking vs. individuals explorations both good & bad, I presume. With a fresh install, normalcy in all regards has been restored... after 12 hours of downloads & installs. The other was how I treated the 2nd drive...
Isolating the flawed OS with all it's programs and it's download files folder just seemed sensible until I could systematically retrieve only that which I wanted to carry forward to the fresh PrimaryHDD. Thats my next step. I just finished configuring the services. 16 that winxp automatically starts I don't need. As many or more can just as well be disabled as set on manual.
you can disable this one phawgg msmsgs.exe
yeah, I don't use the Messenger. The other two are not needed at startup, either.
Startup management & services management are closely tied, and it has taken me quite a few hours of study, and trial & error, to sift through the 89 that winxp has. Others added, like the "nVivia driver's helper service" with it's startup process are often quasi-bogus, really optional, and those $8.00 modem apps, too. When you add in 100's of modified ones by malware designers like at the "startup list dictionary site" its easy to say...Sc**w This! and get discouraged. I've found Black Viper's up-to-date information concise and helpful.
All that to say, I rather like starting over and taking the time to monitor things with my new understandings. It's better than watching a scan identify 250,000 objects in registry and recommending 168 deletions and seeing things go from 18,000 files to 118,000 with just anti-spyware, anti-virus & system monitor apps on the drive. Eh?
Let me know your thoughts on reduction of OS files & slip-streaming if you have some time. I've got plenty to do, but would like to implement some improvements to my techniques before throwin' 95GB's of files back in.