My computer will not start Windows XP

April 6, 2011 at 05:30:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have an older IBM laptop...the screen froze on it the other day and I couldn't get it to shut down, so I held the power button down to shut it off. Now, when I try to turn it on, it brings up the IBM symbol, and the boot commands, but then the screen just goes blank, it won't load Windows at all. I had a couple of blue screens a couple of days before, but I couldn't figure out what they said because it flashed up and off so fast. Am I able to recover my files from my hard drive, and how do I go about doing that with no OS?

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April 6, 2011 at 13:37:39
You may be able to recover your files if the system will boot to a cd or even floppy. There are things called live cd's. They can be made from xp, or linux to boot your computer from. Some like allow you to boot over the internet. Slow but works. Some friend may be able to make a bartsPE disk to help.

Then you boot to something and save data off to somewhere. Usually a portable usb or shared drive.

Then you need to fix what you have. Not sure which way to go. sfc.exe or restore point or a repair. Just don't use any old xp cd to install. A repair works so that you keep your key.

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