Back in NT days, a PARALLEL INSTALL of the OS would be done to let us dissect what was going on.
could only seem to resolve it by reinstalling XP which wiped the partition and started over from scratch since there doesn't seem to be an option to just install over the top of itself to repair/replace files like you could with the other versions of Windows. Perhaps somebody could shed some light on how to resolve this if it occurs again...
Had a power outage in the middle of the night that lasted about fifteen seconds. Computer is plugged into a UPS and the computer was turned off completely at the time of the outage.
I woke up the next morning, booted up and got a dos looking screen telling me that XP couldn't boot up because the following file was missing or corrupt...
I couldn't get into safemode either to do a restore to the previous day due to the same error screen.
I used the XP cd to get into the Recovery area and finally figured out to copy that file from the i386 folder/directory of the cd to that location and I was able to reboot ONCE....and get to the desktop. I didn't do a restore at that point because I believed the problem was resolved.
I shut down the computer as another power outage occurred as I got to the desktop at that point...the UPS kicked in and gave me time to shut down properly.
Four hours later when the power came back on, I could not get the computer to boot up anymore...same error screen over and over and no matter how many times I repeated the steps I took before, including renaming the old file or deleting it completely in order to replace it, the computer never went any further.
The only solution I could see for myself at that point after another three or four hours of playing with this was to reinstall XP.
Any hints, clues, tips on how else it could have been resolved?