Windows XP CRASHED !!!Here’s how you can fix it…
Let me preface this by saying, if you do not have System Restore enabled on at least your boot drive then this will not work. I STRONGLY advise you to enable it on at least your boot drive. If you think it a space waster, or just a waste of resources, you can keep thinking that but guess what, when you start up your computer one day and you get some weird cryptic, even M$ don’t know what the hell it is, error. You will be happy you enabled it.
First off I think I have been one of the fortunate ones as that I have not had any problems with Windows XP Professional. I have great stability, uptime is in weeks and I usually reboot only because I installed a program and it requires me too. All this and yes I installed Windows XP SP1 with no issues and or problems over a month ago. This install of XP is over 9 months old. Which for an M$ operating system is amazing.
Second off, if you are not comfortable with command line operations, get comfortable. I mean it. Learn it, live it, love it. It will save your butt one day.
Ok I give all props to a guy named Charlie White, he is the guru who wrote this tutorial on how to fix XP so it will boot and how to do a manual (command line) restore point restoration. You should do 2 things when looking over this, 1. Copy and paste it in a text file and save it on floppy and on your hard drive somewhere. 2. Print it out, not once but several times and save it various locations. Including but not limited to a safety deposit box. Ok now the meat of this thing, sorry for my rambling but I am so happy I didn’t lose all my crap.
Remember READ THIS CAREFULLY.