I have a Home Edition XP Pc. It is home built and several years old.
My system is:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66 GHz
4 GB Dual - Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz
Gigabyte EP45-UD3L Socket 775 MB
GeForce 8600 GTS (nVidia)
3 hard drives
2 DVD drives
Last week I tried to install Win7 Pro onto another drive hoping to be able to dual boot. Something went wrong, now I can't even boot to XP.
I don't care about Win7 at this point, I just want to be able to get back to XP.
Since this is the Home Edition of XP, I don't have the option to do a repair install of XP. I have tried so many things that I've read here and other forums, that I don't even know where to begin to tell you what is happening.
I do have Paragon 9.5 and an image I think I can restore to. I can boot using the Paragon boot CD I made prior to trying the Win7 install - at least I was smart enough to do that... However, I am not sure this recovery actually fixes/restores the boot.ini, ntdetect.com, boot sector stuff. I am not technical enough to understand it.
I am pretty sure my problem(s) has to do with the boot sector, mater boot record, or the boot.ini. But, to be honest, I don't understand those things or how they work.
I am able to boot using the Paragon boot cd (I believe it is linux?) and I can boot to the XP recovery console and run commands and see my drives, folders, and files. It's all there, I just can't boot to XP.
I have tried such things as:
Copying ntdetect.com and ntldr from the XP install Cd to the root of my C: drive.
bootcfg /rebuild ... /list... /default... and some of the other switches
The Paragon recovery cd offers some tools such as repairing boot.ini and so on. As well as editing boot.ini. But, I don't know what the values should be.
I have not tried fixmbr because one I'm not sure what it does and two the prompt says not to use it if you can access the drive which I can do.
I did get it to boot to XP one time yesterday. Everlasting was there. My desktop, programs, everything. I know XP is there and bootable. But, when I shut down and rebooted, I was back to it just looping after the BIOS splash screen. Of course, when I hit F12 I can boot from other media such as the XP Install CD or Paragon recovery CD.
Any suggestions anybody can offer? I know XP is there...