cannot log into windows

June 16, 2009 at 18:46:48
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, 1GB
I have a machine that everytime I try to log into an account in windows, it simply logs back out again.

I booted with a XP cd and started recovery console. I did a DIR command but received a 'an error occurred during directory numeration' message. Doing a google on this error, it was suggested to run a chkdsk. I ran a chkdsk /p /r but immediately received 'The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable errors'. I tried doing a bootcfg /default but received a 'There are no bot entries, therefore the default entry cannot be set. You must first use /add or /rebuild to add a windows installation'.

I tried both a bootcfg /add and bootcfg /rebuild but received the following message;

'Scanning all disks for windows installations.

Please wait since this may take a while....

Error: Failed to successfully scan disks for windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt system file, which could prevent bootcfg from successfully scanning. Use chkdsk to detect any errors.

Well at this point is where I think I got myself in trouble. I had done a lot of google searches on this problem and some of them talked about fixboot. I decided to give it a try. Well it fixed the problem so I can do a DIR command and chkdsk, but now there seems to be no files on the C drive anymore. Am I safe to assume I just wiped my windows installation and everything else on the drive?

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June 17, 2009 at 00:24:05
bccamper, "Am I safe to assume I just wiped my windows installation and everything else on the drive?" Maybe, sorta doubt it. Windows is usually pretty protective of files. Suspect your 'worst case scenario' is that it has simply marked the memory space used by each file as 'available' for use and the file(s) are still there until the next 'write' operation. Think I'd try 'restore' and see if things come back.
Ed in Texas.

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June 17, 2009 at 08:57:45
Hi Ed,

What kind of a restore are you referring to? Do you mean a repair?

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