It boots to the windows screen then the screen is black and it doesn't go further.
Safe mode doesn't won't boot.
Put in xp cd, used recovery console to move files from C:\windows\repair to C:\windows\system32\config\ as per these instructions and the all copied except the system file (from the repair folder, it's just not in there).
When you try to boot windows now, it says "Some files might be missing or corrupt: C:\windows\system32\config\system"
Tried to run setup by booting from cd and choosing repair, but this option is not available, only delete partition, add a duplicate xp to the partition, or quit.
The pc is a dell d810 and didn't come with a floppy drive so we tried to burn my system file onto a cd and copy it to his hard drive in the C:\windows\system32\config\system folder and recovery console said that there was no file on the cd.
I'm at the end of my rope here and my brother needs to save some stuff from the hard drive so a clean install of xp is out of the question unless backup of irreplaceable materials can be accomplished. I'm going to try and compile a batch file to copy all of his stuff onto a usb key thing but don't know if this will work.
I have tried to get to system restore from recovery console but to no avail. The system restore files are there all the way back to january, but I can't get windows to boot for the life of me to run it.
It should be added we have 250 miles between us and I am doing all of this over the phone. If anyone can share any insight as to how to get to the windows repair installation or how to recover from a system restore point let me know.
P.s. He has no floppy drive (laptop) so if I need to load anything from removable media, it's all hinging on him finding a friend with a usb thingy.
Edited by thrillhouse, 19 April 2007 - 12:02 AM.