My Home PC froze up last night & it will now not boot past the Blue starting XP (splash) screen. It gets to this point & hangs. Attempted to start in safe mode, gets to mup.sys & hangs, one time it made it to the splash screen in safe mode but hung there as well. A big problem here is I have wiped out my system restore points Sunday after running some virus scans & deleting the files found. I also did not create a boot disk or back up of the items that are currently very valuable to my family (newborn baby pics) NONO.
XP Pro on Home PC - won't boot past splash screen after auto running a scandisk for corrupted files (due to cold reboot i assume).
Attempted to install zone alarm Sunday. ZA Failed to install saying could not shut down TruVector service. I then lost all connectivity to internet. Though, ZA did not install completely it did enough to block access & provided a connection error code which point to a firewall. Monday I read various posts of problems & noted which files to track down to remove & assure a clean uninstall of ZA. Did so, rebooted, & internet connectivity was back. I installed ZA from a new link & it worked great for about 30 minutes of surfing. I then downloaded, installed, setup, & ran SpyBlaster. I then began a BitDefender online scan & at this time I left the PC to have a talk with my son, about 10 minutes after I returned to find the PC stuck at the Splash screen. Assuming something went horribly wrong & it rebooted.
I attempted to boot using XP PRO disk & using R option did not seem to get anywhere it wanted a boot or backup disk which i do not have & seemed to begin to reinstall windows when i did not provide the floppy. I really would not mind wiping the HD
& reinstalling XP to get rid of all problems & start fresh, but I am going to be in a sling for not backing up the baby pics if I cannot retrive. Sorry so long.....
Finally my question, I have read through all posts coming up with a search of hang up at start screen.
I found a link from surferdude2 to create a boot disk in here: boot up help
but it is dead.
I also read another thread with someone hanging up after mup.sys loaded but there was no resolution.
Thread here hang up at welcome screen
found a link to repair windows master boot record, partition tables, boot sector, NTLDR file, but again it wants a boot disk. I attemtped to understand instructions on creating one on microsoft support but it's not making it's way correctly into my brain......
Which is the best direction to go here & if i do get a boot disk made, & can get into windows after using it, then what? will i be able to quickly copy the pics & move on from here or will i need to track down the problem & fix it before i am able to backup the pictures?
P.S. This site is great, in financial bonds as of now but i will be a donator when funds allow! Please note this is not the same PC i posted about last week.