You have no restore CDs. No XP CD. And you didn't make a backup.
There is no real fix here but a lesson about backup and for those PCs that arrive without restore media, creating or ordering the restore media.
Your post also is missing the make and model of the PC so no one can give you a link on where to order the restore media.
-> So what's the best recovery plan?
1. Order a new hard disk. Why will become clear if you read the entire reply.
2. Order the restore media.
3. Get familiar with USB external hard disk cases or learn about how to have a machine with 2 hard disks.
4. The hard disk is pulled and set aside. The new drive put in and the restore media brings the machine back.
5. We put the old drive in the machine or external drive case and get our files back.
PCs are very unreliable so this is where you learn this first hand. The above 5 steps gets your machine back for the lowest cost.
Hey everyone. Yesterday I was installing my wireless router and during the installation the power was cut out. When I went to turn the system back on the computer gives me the standard message asking if I want to load in safe mode, safe mode with networking etc. When I try to load in either safe mode or normal it always gets to a black screen with my pointer visible but wont actually load any further and the computer is silent.
Here's a list of everything I've tried so far.
-Boot from partion
-Restore from two earlier save points.
-checked memory for errors. (There were none)
-Tried loading from the last good configuration
-Ran an option to check start up for errors. (It claims it cant find any)
I'm guessing its messed up due to the driver only being partially installed before the computer was powered off. But I dont have a boot disk, the computer never came with a windows disk. So I am at a loss at what to do from here. I really don't want to reformat right now, unless its truly my last option. Does anyone have any idea on how I can try to fix this issue?