|There are no especially important documents that need backing up. However there is some music, photos, and all the accounts are set up for each member of the family etc. |
Also I don't have the original XP disc so avoiding a wipe and reinstall would be good. With it being a boot record thing there's a good chance issues could arise even after formatting/reinstallation anyway.
The computer will turn on but does not even get to the Windows loading screen it hangs after POST with a BSOD.
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time etc etc...
*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8736c7B8, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
This looks pretty much like the one from before that was "fixed" by replacing the boot record and master boot record with the Recovery Console.
I didn't have to reformat last time: replacement of boot records etc allowed the computer to start up and be used as if nothing had happened.
However since the issue has returned, I'm guessing either it wasn't fixed, or the same thing has happened this time as before.
I believe the original issue was caused by a website, since it hung during use on a streaming media website and a restart led to the BSOD. What caused it the second time I have no idea, since I wasn't around at the time. After all, it's not my PC.