for whatever reason this has happened, the reason the devices (network, internet, etc) do not work correctly is because the drivers were not install on the OS that ended up being installed. It may be that the OS you wanted to repair is still there, maybe not. Make a Linux Live CD and boot to that. You might want to look at this to save any data before continuing on the path that has been entered. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
Disregard the Vista part as this works with any Windows OS. If the OS install that has all the programs etc is still there, come back with details that the investigation has revealed. Save any data that is found before continuing.
I switched on and the machine just kept circling around asking me if I wanted to boot to safe mode or whatever - and whatever I picked it would simply reboot and come back to the same message.
So I got the install disk out and booted from it.
It offered me two OS's installed already, which one did I want to try to repair? I picked the wrong one. I picked the C: drive one and the system has swapped the C: drive for what was the D: drive.
So now I'm using an old very, very simple XP OS I put on that hard drive yonks ago when it was my child's machine.
And it hasn't even repaired it properly - it always tells me that it can't find wdqauuye.dll - and that's not a dll that I can find on Google.
And there's no networking. And no internet. And I don't seem to be able to start them up.
My broadbankd modem is a BIPAC 5200 and I can't see it from my machine.
So I figured I'd go again and this time repair the other OS which was on the (now) D: drive and I figured would be my real OS.
But now the install disk doesn't show that Installation. I don't get the choice.
That disk, that installation, is all NTFS. This current install when I do disk properties claims not to know what drive D: is.
But it shows it in Explorer and Explorer knows it is NTFS and I can use it okay.
Is there any way I can force a repair of my old system on this NTFS drive 'D:' ?
That install was XP Pro SP3. With IIS.
If I can keep that install I've got dozens of progs installed all of which, of course, have a presence in 'My Programs' and I'd be able to resuscitate them I guess
if 'My Progs' still exists...
I've got three drives in the box, two SATA and one IDE. Also an external 1T but I've disconnected it while this is going on.
The Disk Manager shows them like this:
Disk 0: HENRY 7.54GB FAT32 C: SYSTEM
Disk 1: ASUS 127.99GB NTFS D: ACTIVE
asusE 170.10GB NTFS F: PAGE FILE
Disk 2: MAXTOR 189.92GB NTFS E:
Disk 1 used to be C: and has the OS install I want.
The install disks don't see the OS and don't give me the option.
I've only got tens of Gigs of room on these drives and about 200G available on the external HDD which isn't listed here.
Can I get some advice please and what I could/should do to get myself out of this?
Remembering the 'missing wdqauuye.dll' and the non-functioning networking setup feature.