I'm helping out a friend. He had ransomware and other nasties on his computer. Long story short, he toasted it and now only the following error comes up when attempting to boot the hard drive. When I tried to boot into Windows XP to repair the computer, it comes up with errors saying the files cannot be read. This doesn't make sense since I recently used the same CD to install XP on several computers (old Dells pulled from the State)..
I do have a raw data image of the hard drive before doing anything to it since my friend is concerned about data on the hard drive.
Would appreciate some help on getting this computer restored. MBR issues are a new area for me so I'm flying blind.
Windows Boot Manager:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3. Click "Repair your computer"
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: This Windows Boot Configuration Data file does not contact a valid OS entry.