After that, I went to test XP to check for problems. As you can probably tell from the title, I found one: no user accounts show up. Only the Windows logo is shown. It's shown where it would say "Windows is starting up...," not offset to the left to let the user accounts show up.
Here's what I've done. In order:
- Attempt to boot into safe mode - Failed, I don't remember what happened, to be honest.
- Copy WINDOWS and some of the Documents and Settings folder - No effect
- Copy entire drive by dragging and dropping (twice, under Ubuntu, performing a full format on second try) - No effect
- Repair install - Allowed me to log in, but the CD was a bad slipstreaming attempt, so numerous things were corrupt.
- Run chkdsk /f /r on old drive then copy WINDOWS folder by dragging and dropping (under Windows 7), merging the two folders in case it was one corrupt file - Back to square one (files are fine, still can't log in)
- Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to type in my credentials manually - Failed, never appeared
However, when I boot with the old drive plugged in (through an external enclosure), I can log in. I think all this may be caused by the fact that I've upgraded the RAM and the HDD since I've acquired the laptop, which may have been too much of a hardware change for my activation code.
Any suggestions, theories, or other input?
Edited by MadDawg, 18 October 2009 - 09:41 PM.