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Okay, windows did not boot up, I was using NON-GUI boot, so I didn't see anything just a black screen , all I saw was my wireless light turn on, and the computer activity light blinking and my fan was loud a bit...tried rebooting, tried resetting BIOS to defaults... no good..
Cause: BIOS change? TuneXP?(I ran ultra fast boot..) Disabling some O&O Defrag from startup?
or deltemp.bat (computer tweak which contains
rd /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Local Settings\History"
rd /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\History"
rd /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Local Settings\Temp"
I am pretty sure it speeds up boot.
(hope this helps someone... )
Steps to Resolution:
Well I first of course tried (by pressing F8 during startup) and selecting safe mode, or last known good configuration but no use.
In the recovery console on the XP Boot CD (I just shoved my xp cd in , hit f12 and selected boot from CD-ROM)
I ran fixboot
I ran fixmbr, then ran chkdsk
in recovery console I tried
dir (to list directories)
"an error occurred during directory enumeration."
THe recovery console did not even find c:\windows or anything ...
(for others if dir actually works... and shows your files.. you can use the master-slave approach to save your data to another place OR --> tried a REPAIR INSTALLATION OF XP-- > OR ... try a new installation of XP BUT to a different directory... I use
C:/WINDOWSX ... so when I installed fresh installation from XP I installed to C:\windows .. then eventually deleted that windows folder after fixing boot.ini to say C:\windowsX.
Anyyways I ran chkdsk.. because obviously something was corrupt ...
it was running and took quite awhile at 25% (and "performing additional checking" 3 times)
so I said screw it. I will restart...same problem...
After searching online I realized if I ever wanted to see my data again that CHKDSK will do it.
So i ran the command:
chkdsk /p /r
(with my 120GB hard drive)
from 10pm EST to about 2:27 am EST..
it said windows fixed one or more errors after it finally reached 100%
Lesson: Let the damned chkdsk do its thing(after you run fixboot and fixmbr) and say goodbye to about 4 hours and 30 minutes of your life.
Well it reached 75% went down to 60% and up to 100% and yay! windows was back.
chkdsk /p /r
(after it worked I scheduled a scandisk ...)
and as a special reccomendation run PAGEDEFRAG ...
its by microsoft... my c:\windows\config\system is in 11 fragments.,.
maybe thats why it runs so slow..
so ya lets hope for the best.
The PC was passed on to someone else who said they knew what to do, and they did manage to fix it.
In that case it was some corrupted systems file(s), and everything again now works fine on the computer.