I have a Toshiba Satellite A50 and I have problems starting Windows (Safe boot is set and somehow it fails to load and keeps going in a loop). It hangs at giveio.sys and I've read the solution to this and I need to get inside Windows to do it.
Another problem arose when I realized my CD/DVD drive cannot read DVDs anymore (only CD) so my recovery DVD is useless.
I have been reading everywhere and decided that Windows PE (Microsoft) (http://apcmag.com/windows_pe_20_a_tiny_version_of_windows_for_system_maintenance.htm) and Bart's PE (builder) can be used to boot and do the necessary changes.
Has anyone used the PE/ live CD of Windows XP before? All I need is another computer running the same OS (Windows XP) and I can build my bootable CD-ROM from there right? Wrong?
Help me out please.
Thanks in advance.
PS. A Friend quickly suggested replacing the internal CD/DVD drive but I'm of the opinion that changing a new drive would need a new driver to be installed and that is possible only in Windows.
System Details (if of any help):
Windows XP Pro SP3
40 GB HDD
Ubuntu is installed but will only run from the DVD
edit: System details
Edited by Dreamchaser_jc, 20 February 2010 - 11:10 AM.