I went into Recovery Console with XP professional disk right away the only option to choose was C:\minint. From my research this appears to be a Recovery Partition or a PE. what happened to my c:\windows? I can get to a c:\ prompt but only option there is a Recover directory with Windows files in it, but they are not my Windows files? what can i do to get them back? I've tried bootcfg /restore but did not work. I now get a NTLDR missing error. HELP?
Did you install Recovery Console when XP was up and running ?
Recovery Console has a FixMBR option, just look at command list.
You can always reinstall Windows in a new dir. leaving file system intact (no format) for Data Recovery purposes.
ended up having to do data recovery. Hiren's Boot CD is AWESOME, was able to use the MiniXP to do a lot of work and get everything I needed from my drive. Partitioned drives and reinstalled windows. I think that a quick shutdown (daughter turned off power instead of shutdown) messed up the MBR causing the hal.ddl error, wasnt able to recover or fix the error. I learned a heck of alot though! Great learning experience.