Once again I'm having trouble with my Dad's laptop, I've I have exhausted everything I know. Hopefully some of you guys can offer some adivce.
It gets BSOD's after the OS selection menu (or the F8 Safemode Menu, no matter what is selected.) The error code on the BSOD is 5 section long, but the only section I could find on Google is 0x000000051, or a Corrupt Registry.
I started the Recovery Console and ran both fixboot and fixmbr, both to no avail. chkdsk found and fixed several problems, but no difference.
Normaly, I'd just Repair the install, but the interesting problem is that when the XP SP1 CD looks for currently installed version of Windows, it starts reading the C:/ install, but then gets the same BSOD that happens when booting from hard drive. I've tried several other things including the UBCD's assorted virus scans and error checkers, but nothing seems to fix this problem.
Now, normaly if I couldn't start the Repair I'd just boot up Partition Magic and wipe the drive before a fresh install, but, the issue is that this is my Dad's work laptop, and he has several files he's done in the past few days that haven't been backed up to the external drive yet, and he really dosn't want to loose them. The only possible fix I've found it manualy recreating the registry
, but this dosn't sound particularly safe, either.
So, my question is, are there any ways to pull files off the hard drive without being able to boot the computer/log in? I'd remove it and pop it intomy desktop, but it's a Sony ultracomapct and the drive isn't removable.
I'm desperate for help, anything and everything
is welcome. Thanks in advance!