My PC gives me a BSOD upon every startup. The windows loading screen starts up and before it finishes, it crashes. I've tried all safe mode configs and none work.
Here's the background. Sometime this morning I was minding my own business, and I got a message that said "some files that are required for windows XP to run properly have been replaced with unrecognizable versions. To maintain system stability, windows must restore the original versions of these files. Insert windows XP home edition CD now". I don't have a CD, so I just left it there stupidly. Spyware Search and Destroy told me that a file called msword95.exe was attempting to put itself into my startup folder. I kept on denying it, and ran Malwarebyte's Anti Malware to check for trojans. It detected 8 of them, and I clicked remove. I was prompted to restart to complete the removal, and when I rebooted, it crashed. Now I can't get into windows.
Reformatting windows would be my very last option because I have lots of un-backed up data.
I read somewhere that I can use a Windows XP CD to restore the Master Boot Drive files (which are probably corrupted at the moment), which will allow me to boot properly. Is this a good idea?
I also have the option to obtain a second harddrive, replace my current one, set my current one as a slave to the new one, and transfer my data over. This should work if it were only the startup files that were corrupted.
Does anyone advise any particular course of action here? Any words of wisdom? Thanks.
Edited by The weatherman, 11 August 2009 - 04:49 PM.
Moved from XP to a more appropriate forum. Tw