ChatterBank1 min ago
Have I messed up my comp?
Last night I was shutting down Windows XP Home Edition and turned the power off at the plug before the computer had completely turned itself off.
Now when I try to turn the computer on it immediately goes to the page asking whether you want to start in safe mode, last known good configuration, normal mode etc.
When I try to start the comp in any of these modes loading only goes as far as Windows XP flag thingy, then the screen goes black, then the computer re-starts and brings up the safe mode etc. screen.
I have tried pressing F1 on start up and messing about with the boot disk and so on but nothing seems to work.
I do not possess a start up disk as apparently they are not required anymore.
Apparantly the comp has a seaparated hard drive (whatever that means)
Can anyone help?
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Do you have the original Windows XP CD? If so you can boot up using that (provided your system BIOS has 'Boot From CD' enabled) and attempt a repair.
Whoever said that a startup disk is no longer required obviously has not encountered the situation in which you find yourself. I would always recommend having a set of Emergency Rescue Disks to hand with any flavour of Windows.
I also suspect that the term you were looking for was 'partitioned' harddrive.