I am working on a friend's system for him. When I got it, the PC would not boot. Attempting all options - safe mode, last known good, express recovery, etc., would simply lead to endless reboot cycle.
System is an HP Pavilion running XP Media Center edition. I believe it had all the latest security updates from MS but cannot be sure.
Doing some research, I downloaded an XP Pro SP-2 setup CD from MS in order to boot from CD (post indicated version would not matter) and use recovery console.
After booting, selected the H:\I386 option for windows installation to boot from (H being cd drive letter assigned). Aftter doing this was able to see the C: drive along with directories etc.
Tried runnning chkdsk on c: but encountered blue screen unmountable drive error. Doing some further research, several posts suggested running fixboot to resolve this. Running fixboot however did not resolve. Result was that C: could still be seen, however now no directories could be listed. Attempting a "dir c:" resulted in " an error occurred during directory enumeration" error message.
Tried fixmbr as last resort, but no effect.
I have since tried booting from CD and runnning bootcfg /scan but it fails. Wondering where to from here?
FWIW, my friend does not have his original XP setup disc (doesn't know if he received one with computer or lost it at some point).
Any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated!
One good thing to note - there is no data of any consequence on this machine - so whatever the path of least resistance is to getting this machine back on it's feet - anything goes!
Happy Holidays and thanks to all in advance!