I had a blue screen of death on a win XP Pro SP3 normal boot, which showed a Stop: 0x0000008E etc, At the time I was trying to uninstall some antivirus software - avast I think it was called. I tried to use the recovery console (chkdsk /r) from the MS CD after supplying the SATA RAID drivers (on a floppy), and after that I found that it would boot into safe mode. I changed to Safeboot via msconfig and it booted up fine. I then decided to try normal mode with the last known good position. This worked too and to all intents and purposes the desktop looks the way it was before the disaster This is a dual booting PC which has Lubuntu and a few puppy linuxes on different linux partitions, and all the hardware works fine in those OSes. I would add that the SATA disk is fairly new.
However there are some peculiarities in XP Pro:
1. trying to backup the registry brings a message that it couldn't complete because of a disk or system failure. I can see the reg backup files (around 40Mb) in the appropriate folder.
2. There is no drag'ndrop available. I can't even move the desktop icons. I have tried different mice to no avail.
3. It keeps saying it's found a couple of new hardware devices and tries to install and fails.
4. I can't Copy and Paste anything from a USB stick to the hard disk. The copy part seems to work but there is no following Paste option, and since Dragndrop doesn't work .......
I think that all these are symptoms rather than separate problems. If requested I'll enter them as separate threads.
I would be grateful for any help or suggestions