we experienced a power failure some days ago, our UPS was being serviced so did not take over during this power cut. when power returned one of our computers seemed to have been affected by the surges. it boots up just fine, gives options to either start in safe mode, normally or with the last known configuration. after selecting any 1 of these it shows the windows xp start up screen but then switches off and restarts. i tried booting from the windows xp installation cd to repair but got only the recovery option that requires command based instructions. now here is where it got even more troublesome...i left the computer for 5 minutes while it was booting from the cd, one of the workers may have gotten excited seeing the given options on screen and pressed enter to install windows xp, i came back to a screen that showed a freed up partition and of course no 1 owned up to pressing anything. anyway i connected this computers hard drive to another computer and managed to at least recover documents and folders.
when i try to boot up the computer now, it goes to the windows xp startup screen, then it flashes for a couple of seconds...a blue screen with no errors on it, just a plain and clean blue screen, and then reboots.
i am holding back on formatting the hard drive as we had very critical and licensed applications on this computer which would really hurt to lose...
does anyone have a suggestion on how i can repair or recover these applications and their data or do i have to resort to the painfull format!!??