Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:25 PM
My daughter has a Dell Latitude 630. It was running XP PRO. She got messages from her virus removal program that a virus had been detected and removed. I think that it was a legitimate virus removal program. Now when I turn the computer on, I get the message:
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 repair.
I have an original setup disk (though it's possible that it was from another Dell computer - I have many). When I insert it, it does give me the 'R' option. However, I have read on some sites that there are many risks to choosing the 'R' Option, including having admin passwords get reset causing the computer to become completely inoperable. I don't know for sure what the admin password is on the system (though I am pretty sure we left it blank).
Is there a way to recover the data on the hard drive without using the 'r' option? I tried using a bootable disk created on another computer by Paragon software, but that did not do anything.
I have a number of computers in my house on a wired router. They are all behaving erratically. I am going to submit separate posts for each of the computers. I hope that is OK. I have now ordered new computers, but I'm having so many problems with the existing computers that I am afraid that if I introduce the new computers, they will be infected, so I want to make sure the existing computers will not infect the new ones.
Thanks in advance,