You say you unchecked startup processes. Where did you do this? Were you using the msconfig utility? Did you uncheck any "Services"?
Replicate the process on the PC you're on now, without actually unchecking anything. In other words, recite what you did and where you did it from, and report back. I'm looking for something like:
I opened msconfig.
I clicked on the Startup Tab and unchecked some things
I clicked on the Services Tab and unchecked some things, etc.
It would be helpful if you were as specific as possible. There are ultimately other options than just using Recovery Console, but if it's a simple matter of re-enabling a service you disabled, that can be done in Recovery Console without any other steps.
IF you know you disabled some Services (via msconfig), you can go into Recovery Console, and when at the prompt, type:
and tap the enter key.
That will bring up a list of all the services available on your pc, AND what their startup status is. In other words, whether they are set to start when XP is booted or not. You can (tediously, I know) copy back here all the services that are DISABLED.
Here's what the output of the listsvc command might look like (your pc will be different somewhat):
Note that the pic above is the bottom part of the service list. It's all alphabetized, so you will have to scroll through the entire list and come back here and type which ones are disabled.
One last thing: Did you try to use the "Safe mode with Command Prompt" option other than just regular Safe Mode? Look this pic:
You would want to scroll down to the third option in the list and try to boot up that way. IF it can, it may be a very simple matter of using System Restore from the command line.
I have an older Toshiba satellite laptop. I was cleaning it up the other day, removing lots of old programs, and I also unchecked several startup processes, I believe I reviewed all of them and did not uncheck anything for the system. I don't know if it was that or something else, but now the computer will not load windows (XP Pro). It will go to the windows loading screen, then goes blank, shuts down and tries again, over and over. Pressing F8, I have tried all the options, start in safe mode, start in debugging, start with last known good configuration, and the rest, all result in the same thing - windows loading screen, black and power down. I can get to the recovery console, but don't know how to use this to try and start or fix or find the problem. I do not have a boot disk to use either (I'm traveling). I have a USB with me, but from what I have just read, this would not be so easy to make work. Any help is greatly appreciated.