Yesterday I took to the task of cleaning up my parents' Compaq Presario computer, which included running a couple of AVAST virus scans and installing a few Windows updates that had been ignored for who knows how long.
AVAST found 10 infected files which I "Moved to Chest". Today I finished installing the Windows updates, but when I restarted the computer it failed to boot Windows XP. I'm shown a black screen with white text that says "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully" and given the options to start Safe Mode, Last Good Configuration, or Start Windows Normally.
Starting Windows normally leads to the loading screen with the windows logo but then it stops and restarts, leading back to the black screen.
Last Known Good Configuration does the same thing.
Safe Mode launches a bunch of lines of text and then freezes.
I'm kind of panicking now. Can anyone help me out?
EDIT: Not sure if this is necessary, but I don't have a Windows XP CD either, and I don't think I can get my hands on one within a reasonable amount of time.
Edited by GPyrenees, 20 September 2012 - 03:21 PM.