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'Error loading operating system ' !!

Microsoft Windows xp pro with sp3 multil...
February 13, 2010 at 09:23:17
Specs: Windows Vista, ??
Hi Guys

Got the blue screen of death after this recent MS update & therefore unable to login - SAFE MODE neither

Trying to install recovery console using Recovery CD that came with PC

Went into boot menu & booted from CD - PC went striaght into SET UP mode (no option to get into recovery mode??!!)& started to install files,....just when it said formatting HD I quickly turned off
Turned PC on again to try again.

How when it boots i get 'error loading operating system' !!!

Am i buggered & will hI ave to reinstall XP ?

Please tell me there is way out else my wife will be stringing my bits up to lampost for losing all her data ?

Yours desperatley

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February 13, 2010 at 09:33:33
I hope you like you bits strung up, because I think it's coming. You started to format the drive, so the damage is already done to your previous OS. You will now have to finish the formatting (goodbye wife's stuff, get the rope). You could try using a live cd like linux and see if anything is still there to salvage, but don't get your hopes up.

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February 13, 2010 at 13:44:33
Yes, Windows just does not like being interrupted once it has started something.

Some good data recovery software might help you as formatting doesn't actually overwrite the data, it just destroys all the indexes and sets the directory entries to zero.

Do a Google search for recover after format and see what you come up with. whatever you do, don't do anything on the disk until you have run the recovery programme. That will mean another computer to download the software and probably create a bootable CD.


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