When running the OTL software, it prompted for a number of uses of registry key changes and prompting for a windows disc to install the registry entries. The process was continued without doing this because it was a part of the OTL process, I thought, as well as there being no optical drive. Once OTL finished, it required a reboot.
Now the computer reads the following on bootup, black screen with white text:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
. . .
There is no optical drive, and the computer did not come with backup discs. How do I pull down the appropriate Windows files from a disc, or how can I give her a fresh install of Windows - which I hope isn't the course of action we need.
I reviewed the script with some colleagues here, but there's no way this should have caused such an issue.
Therefore I am going to send a copy of your message to OTL's developper, so he can have a look at it as well.
In the mean time, please check if the Recovery Console is accessible (it should be installed). When starting the computer, you should see a brief screen in which you can choose to boot Windows XP or Windows Recovery Console. Try and see if you can get at the c:\windows prompt (when asked for admin password, press enter if none is set).
Please do NOT attempt any other fixes. Based on what OTL's developper suggests here, I'll ask you to start a separate topic so we can handle this issue properly.
Thanks for your understanding,
Recovery Console was an option. After the bar loaded, it BSOD'd on me.
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7A22524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
7B Stop Code was one of my first google results. It seems to follow with the error I reported to you just a little while ago for \WINDOWS\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb being missing or corrupted.
I won't attempt other fixes. I would like to brainstorm a minute with you, though. Being as I have no optical drive to even put my personal copy of XP to run a recovery install from, is it possible to boot a live linux distro from a flash drive and drop a copy of the drvmain.sdb (from another flash drive) file into that path? There are plenty of USB ports to work with.
Edited by elise025, 16 February 2010 - 02:51 PM.