I hope you people on this forum can help - I
love my Windows 2000 computer, but I did a
really dumb thing.
Computer was giving me no problems, still I did
an antivirus scan using Avast, as I have done
over the years with no problem before. However
this time the results showed no viruses, but a
long list of "medium threats" which the program
then isolated into it's chest.
Looking through the list of threats- it seemed
they were not threats at all but some .exe files
of programs I had for years on the computer with
no problem, and many Microsoft files that had
been on the computer for years and seemed
important for the OS to run.
Before the antivirus completed it's scan, I was
warned by a "Windows File Protection" pop-up
message that moving these files could make the
OS unstable, and I very stupidly clicked yes -
blindly believing the antivirus program would do
the right thing (I had never seen that Windows
File Protection" message before- should have
When I realized my mistake and tried to move all
the files out of the chest and restore them back
in place, the antivirus program was unresponsive
and so I closed it and turned off the computer
for the night.
Now starting the computer results in a reboot
cycle/loop. Tried F8 to restore to last known
good configuration, also safe mode - still get
the reboot cycle. Tried putting in the Win 2k
OEM CD (to repair?)
but the computer doesn't boot from CD (probably
from floppy drive), so no success there.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly
appreciated. Can I change the boot order and
try a Live CD or the Win 2K CD? How would I do
that if I can't get on to my desktop? Help
please - Thanks!