|It all started with the dreaded BSoD Unmountable Boot Volume error. I had just installed an update on my modem software and had cleaned up a whole bunch of trash off my C drive. I rebooted and received the BSoD error. I was able to enter the recovery console and by using chkdsk and a Seatools HD recovery disk, I was able to get back into windows. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I still had some errors that needed to be fixed, so when I booted back into windows, my Norton 360 became unstable. In the processes of trying to stabilize my Nortorn 360 (which required an un-install and many attempted - failed- re-installs), I believe that the Norton "analysts" caused further damage to my weakened windows system (unfortunately I allowed remote access to system and I'm pretty sure things were deleted that should not have been deleted). They threw in the towel and said that Norton 360 could not be re-installed until the windows problems had been fixed. I went back and ran chkdsk and Seatools until they ran without fixing any errors. I'm now confident in my HD health, but windows is not back to being healthy. The two biggest things that I've noticed is when I'm in the add or remove programs area and I try to remove a program, I receive an error that the Windows Installer Service, could not be accessed. I've googled that error and found reference to that being a corrupt SP2 installation. I then tried to re-run SP2 and I get an error message that I do have sufficient security privileges to install programs and to contact my administrator (I even receive that error message when I'm logged into the administrator account in safe mode). I have tried to step back to a previous restore point and that has not fixed the problem.|
I have a Dell, so I could use PC Restore to take the system back to the factory settings, however, my unstable windows has made getting info off the hard drive on to any other media a real pain. I keep receiving all sorts of error messages every time I try to create a .zip file and move it to my USB drive. I tried using a crossover cable to drop the backup info on my laptop, but the windows on desktop will not let me into the areas I need to get into to allow the computers to communicate. So, in essence , I don't have a good backup of my data and settings. That being the case, I'm paralyzed when it comes to moving forward. I don't want to do anything to compromise my data (fixboot, fixmbr, etc), but until Windows is better, I don't see how I can get the backup off my system so that I can move forward with fixing XP.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.