System is an old HP tower with XP sp3.
MS updates have been kept current until...
On July 10, 2013 I attempted to install the MS updates (patch tuesday) for the 6 'critical' patches offered through the Windows Security panel.
The patches appeared to download okay but did require a reboot to finish.
Upon rebooting, the PC would step through the POST screen okay, go blank and, instead of the Windows screen I expected (my desktop), the system would shut down and reboot again.
If I allow it to, this process repeats for over an hour, taking about 2 minutes for each cycle.
Initially I tried to boot into safe mode and later into just about every other mode offered but each resulted in this repeated rebooting.
I can get into the Recovery Consol (Thankfully I installed that a while back!)
While that is coming up, it does offer me to log into the following:
This is a hand-me-down PC, so no OS CD is available. There is a second HDD installed from another PC I had (OEM) that bit the dust (lightening strikes do that) and again, no OS CD available for that one either.
I have tried FIXMBR, but the boot kept repeating.
I tried REN Kernel32.dll to kernel32.old (in the system32 folder) and Exanding kernel32.dll from the D:\I386 as a replacement. That didn't work either, so I put the old Kernel32 back in place (rename again).
After this problem began, I learned that MS suggests installing only 1 patch at a time, due to this very problem. A little late to learn that, after I allow all 6 to install at once!
Suggestions on how I might proceed would be greatly appreciated! Have I run into a 'lost cause' and need to start transfering HD's to another tower or is there some hope?