Hey guys. Used this site before to help with issues before...but I have really done something this time :(
Before I tell you the problem il give you the spec, had a read at the rules before posting sticky...
XP - latest version I presume as it hasn't updated in the last week or two
Desktop - Custom build that has worked no problem at all since I got it up and running
This first started when I had a problem with malware (i think) so I came on here and read about a program called 'malware bytes' this worked a treat and have not had a problem since. Although before I came onto this site I tried the usual safe mode, system restore...so on, then I went for the Windows SP3 disc which I used to build my pc with. Upon inserting the disc I tried a variety of things including trying to repair and REINSTALL. Now realising I didn't want to lose everything I canceled it (turn off the system), and then done the whole 'malware bytes' program.
So that ended there it was fixed as far as I was concerned...here's the bit that led to the problem, anytime I booted up the machine it gave me the choice to go into normal Windows and access all my files as per usual or finish completing the installation from the Windows disc...with a countdown of 5 seconds or it automatically went into installation!
So after a few months of putting up with this I decided to do something about it as it is was getting increasingly annoying.
1st thought was to go into the installation instead of normal operation, it prompted to ask for the Windows xp disc and I put it in. Then the system started installing the setup I did not install another version of Windows, this took about 10minutes and was on blue screen with a yellow completion bar.
I at this point presumed this is how I could go about either DELETING the installation of another copy of windows or STOPPING the setup to install.
When this installation was complete it came up the windows xp installation screen (had a list of actions to be completed and ones done on the left) as if it was re installing windows :O
So that was quickly turned off and rebooted, as the idea of losing all my files is not something I want to happen at all.
Now when I boot up I have two options
Boot from cd - the xp disc
Boot from hard drive (C) - not knowing if it had two versions installed like a partition or not one full working copy atall
Boot from cd only allows me to access the installation of windows and it WILL NOT allow me to repair my C drive.
I followed this and it would not give me the option if repair :(
Tech Handbook - Bringing XP back from the brink, without losing everything
Boot from hard drive only gives the prompt screen of a message that says something like
Windows/system32 .....some file is missing
Again it says press 'r' at the first screen??
So after hours if reading searching and watching videos I am no where as I don't see this problem happening to anyone else. I believe my files are still on the hard drive atm, I just can't access them.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I don't have the best knowledge of software when it comes to problems like this, also I don't want to lose any of my files. My guess is I will need to transfer my files to another hard drive and reinstall windows.
Done this from my phone, I do have another computer if that is required
Thanks a lot Kris8