As the topic title says, a few days ago, my laptop running XP Home encountered a fatal system error and refused to boot all the way up. It would start, then boot past the screen that gives the "Hit ESC" and "Hit F10" keys, but when it tried to move past that stage, it kicked into the 'Choose safe mode' screen. I did choose safe mode, and it just restarted. I tried it again and chose 'Last known good configuration.' Ditto. And I tried every other option I knew - ditto.
Neither my wife nor I could find the boot disks, so we borrowed a friend's XP Pro disks. I installed it, and now I have access to our docs and stuff, and I went back in and ran SpyBot - which cleaned up a bunch of gunk, but didn't fix the problem. We don't download much or fileshare, and the only thing I can think that may have caused a virus or malware problem is our recent habit of watching sitcoms on TVShack.net. But that seems unlikely to me.
Now that I have XP Pro on there, I have access to most of the old files and programs, but currently - for some reason - XP Pro refuses to recognize bunch of hardware on the computer like our soundcard, wireless card, etc. Also, many of the old programs that were accessible under Home are no longer working. Is it a service pack thing? The disc only had service pack 1 on it.
Anyway, that's my current situation. Ideally, I'd like to fix XP Home, then uninstall XP Pro. I have another incredibly slow laptop, so I do have internet access. If anyone could help, I'd really appreciate it!
Edited by CSpeer3, 15 February 2010 - 01:12 PM.