Windows XP a Goner? First Aid for your Windows PC

Conclusion: Repair, Don't Reinstall

Our look at these tools illustrates that even if Windows refuses to boot, the game isn't over - not by a long shot. You don't need to lose everything, because backing up data is no problem with BartPE and Knoppix, and even viruses can be successfully tackled.

The Knoppix CD is created in no time and can be used even without extensive knowledge of Linux. Its drawback is its lack of write access to NTFS partitions. That said, Knoppix makes an excellent showing as a data recovery system. Browser, Office package and other useful extra programs on the CD are also advantages.

The BartCD created with PE Builder satisfies most if not all of our wishes for a recovery program. The plug-in configuration system makes it very flexible and extremely powerful - almost all programs can be made to run somehow with the BartCD. However, this functionality comes at the cost of potentially requiring excellent Windows skills and a great deal of time.

In contrast, creating the Avast! BART CD takes just a few minutes, with no time-consuming configuration necessary. At $299, the cost of a license is too steep for most individuals, but for companies it is a worthwhile acquisition, especially given that updates for a full year are included.

  • agisvel
  • vladtepes
    Many times booting from xp cd , choosing the repair R option and using chkdsk /r solves the problem
  • number13
    there is program called winconsole.exe, make a bootable disk from your XP install disk that does all the necessary thing that you need a boot disk to do, great for saving data when you can't get the repair disk to do what you need
  • System (XP SP3 Home Edition) repeatedly failed while trying to boot (blue screen momentarily displayed then it would loop and try to reboot again; I captured blue screen with a camera but it didn't help). Tried to boot from MS XP Home Edition SP2 install disk (note earlier SP version) and was able to go into repair section. Most options didn't work ... but ran CHKDSK and found one or more errors which evidently repaired them. I ran CHKDSK a second time and there were no detected errors. Rebooted the PC and it worked! Thanks!