Basic issue: Reboot Loop, unable to access any safe mode, last known, etc... so my only option is recovery console from CD
FYI - F8 shows two installs - one for Media Center and one for XP.
This is an HP Desktop with a recovery partition in place. Before the reboot loop the system was in perfect working order without any issues. I believe that it may be malware from having visited video-on-demand sites.
When I get to recovery console (from CD), the only option for log on is MiniNT, despite there being a proper XP install present.
My concern is that I don't want to harm the recovery partition's files in any way (in case I need it in the future, and it's not my machine) I'm assuming here that the MiniNT IS in fact the recovery system. Am I correct?
I was planning on using recovery console to repair the boot.ini, mbr, kernel and to run chkdsk - "the works" - since the stop error (0xED - unmountable boot volume) indicates faulty disk or filesystem.
I can mount and read the NTFS system fine from a LiveCD without issue. I suspect that its the NT kernel that has been corrupt since the rest of the filesystem seems fine.
Can I repair the kernel on the installed XP by logging in to the MiniNT with recovery console?
Thanks in advance
Edited by igor47, 19 January 2010 - 10:54 PM.