Hi all. My 4 year old laptop won't boot to windows, and I have tried to get it boot into XP via chkdsk (reports fixed errors) and then finally tried the Toshiba recovery DVD. The recovery disk completes 100% ghost image but then still fails to boot. I spoke to Toshiba to try another DVD but they say they don't produce them anynore and I should repurchase XP. Doesn't UK law state that the vendor has to provide for the consumer to be able to recover the PC back to factory defaults? I don't think I have HDD problems, it's just the DVD doesn't seem to drop the image back on the drive although it looks like it completes, so I would hope a new recovery disk would do the trick. Thanks.
Hey thanks all.. In reply, XP splash screen came up then goes into a cyclic reboot, no error messages. recovery console reckoned system32 was corrupted. chkdsk did a full scan and said it repaired things, but same symptoms. I booted the recovery DVD from DVD boot and followed the restore, and I watch Ghost progress bar complete 100% with no errors. Then it says reboot which I do, then same again.
I do have full XP CD but I in my attempts to repair I did fully wipe the HDD and start an install, but then though "why should I use one of my licences when I have the recovery DVD". SO I know XP is beyond repair now, it's really just why recovery DVD isn't playing ball. So my options are install XP using my licence or chase Toshiba for a DVD, hence the question abou the law. I'm sure the vendors have to provide a way of recovery?? Thanks everyone for your valuable input. Incidentally it was C:\Windows\System32\Config\System that was corrupted, but it's well beyond that now.