yesterday evening when I switched on my laptop, it got as far as asking me to select:
safe mode with networking
safe mode with command prompt
last known good config
it tried normal a few times before i even saw what was going on, but it kept going back into a loop.
i tried the last known option twice but that did nothing and it went back and looped again.
got my disk out and tried to repair the installation. it just waited for a while. i could type help and get the list of help items. i did the exit and tried again. no repair happened. i did the exit and restart to get the disk out of the drive, got it out and for the hell of it tried the last known again, and it booted up and everything is working properly.
a note, i did not delete or install anything in the last month. it gets switched on 4 times a day at home for emails and surfing. i have noticed the booting up and shutting down time has increased the last 6 months.
after all this i put the XP cd in, and looked to repair or install again. but windows said i'm trying to install an older version in place of a newer version seeing all the updates. it said i should reboot with the disk in the drive and install from there.
weird. i did not shut down the laptop since then and its been on for 28 hours straight. i'm too scared to switch it off.
i have a external 300 gig HD and have done back-ups of everything that i can ever imagine. laptop is a 60 gig HD with 18 gig free.
my question is, what now? do i assume windows repaired itself PROPERLY? or it did not and it will crash soon. should i do a repair or a re-install or a format and re-install?