After a power outtage, one of my PCs won't boot to Windows (XP Pro).
It POSTs OK. Then after several seconds, I get the message "Error Loading OS".
It boots to the WinXP CD just fine (except that the drive is on USB, and it takes forever).
I don't mind re-installing Windows, but there are some files that I want to recover first. They are in "Documents and Settings" though, and I can't gain access (says "Accessed Denied"). I can see the rest of the folders on the drive, though.
I'd prefer to repair the old Windows install, but I don't know what to do.
It sounds like your MBR got corrupted. Your files are probable still there. You could get another drive and save the files you need to it then do a clean install. If those files were so important to you then you should have backed them up in the first place!
You've tried and failed. The lesson here is, never try again. -- Homer Simpson.