|Using XP Pro, SP3|
Background: Did fresh install last month because of harddisk crash after years of fairly uneventful use. Got new harddrive and did fresh XP Profession install and all updates. Use McAffee AV and keep it current.
Last Tuesday, MS did a patch upload and when I got up in the morning, I noted that the computer was stuck in a standards MS XP Windows opening window. I rebooted and it would go to the windows opening, but never complete. I let it try for an hour and rebooted again.
I tried to boot in SAFE mode and it would hang on start.
Then, tried to boot up using XP CD and to the recovery console. It would never advance beyond the non-graphical Windows start and just hang. I did some research and found a suggestion to hit F7 during the non-graphical Windows start, tried it and it got me into the recovery console.
A chkdsk /p found one area and corrected it.
I did a bootcfg /rebuild and accepted yes and did new profile. Entered: /fastdetect.
Then I did a fixboot and it said that there was a problem and wrote a new one.
I rebooted and the computer started fine. I worked with it for hours on Thursday night, fairly heavy use. I was going to install another hard drive, so I shut down. I ended up deciding against it and rebooted.
It got hung up in the standard XP startup. I rebooted and tried safe. Got hung up. I tried a XP CD start up and it would hang up on the non-graphical startup, unless I hit f7.
Finally got to Recovery console and did a chkdsk /p and it found one area and corrected. I did the bootcfg /rebuild and fixboot thing again, but this time, upon rebooting, it won't reboot into Windows or in safe version.
I can get to the recovery console using f7, but haven't been able to make the appropriate corrections to be able to boot XP. Note: during the past few attempts, I have done the chkdsk and there have been no problems.
When in recovery console and bootcfg /rebuild -- I find that YES makes a new profile and adds to existing list; NO and ALL returns me back to the prompt. I have been using YES and have 8 profiles now. Is that the way it is supposed to work?
I also have putting in /fastdetect in the second prompt in bootcfg /rebuild. Is that correct?
Finally, should I always do a fixboot and/or fixmbr? If so, both? In what sequence?
Thanks in advance.