Posted 20 December 2005 - 01:57 PM
Actually, it would help to do this first.
If you do have an xp repair disk, pop it in.
Boot from it, usually by pressing f8 until you get a menu where you can choose to boot from cd.
Windows xp, will load all required files from the disk.
Once its done youll be presented with an install menu option. Press r to go into recovery console is what were looking for. Once you press R, youll be presented with a menu similar to a command prompt. Youll be prompted to choose the windows xp installing, but choose the one called C:\Windows.
Now it will ask for the administrator password, unless you or your family has set one, there isnt one. So just press enter.
Now your in the prompt, here you can type commands. When your done with the commands type EXIT to leave.
Now enter the following commands, one after another.
CHKDSK /p This command will check your harddrive for errors, This may fix your boot problem.
FIXBOOT This will fix your boot record, often wich gets corrupted in incidents like this.
FIXMBR This will rewrite your master boot record, wich is what tells Windows xp to load.
After all three commands are finsihed with their jobs, type EXIT, and your machine will reboot.