Long story...had Cryptolocker (or something similar), luckily the right version. Found help here to decrypt my files...took almost a week of running night and day. Appeared to work...ran a Kaspersky scan when it completed and everything checked out, so I finally shut down the computer. On the next reboot, it started up, the WindowsXP splash screen appeared VERY briefly, then it rebooted...
Had the BIOS set to reboot on an error, and it does. If I set it normally, I get a blue screen, of course it's not very helpful.
None of the boot up options work.
I've tried both the repair disc and OS disk, but they don't appear to work...I think the DVD drive may not be operational...yes, it is set as the first boot device...the HD is the second device.
During a safe mode boot, it'll get up to one of the Kaspersky files (maybe two to three screens of loaded files), then crash. I understand that the files shown during this boot have already loaded, so I don't know what file is next which may be causing the crash.
I took the HD and connected it to my laptop with an external drive bay and can get to the drive...I think I may have copied all my files to another external drive, but there are programs on it that won't run on later versions of Windows and I hate to lose them.
Ran chkdsk on the drive and it found nothing, but that's about the only utility I know to run.
Since I can't get to the msconfig on the drive, I tried renaming the win.ini and system.ini so that they won't run on the next boot up but it's still connected to my laptop at the moment. I'm sure there's other files I can alter to keep things from loading, but I haven't had much luck finding information on this.
Ultimately, since I can get to the drive, there must be some way I can alter some files to allow the system to boot into some mode...
Possibly a generic Registry, boot.ini file, etc., that can be copied?