I’m looking for some novice-level help, please. Recently XP failed to boot with error message, “Application failed to start because DNSAPI.dll not found”. XP hanged after the windows intro screen. Attempts to start in safe mode had same effect with another warning about lsasser.exe file. Is this a worm virus? Needless to say my backups are not up to date and I need to try and recover docs, jpgs etc. The hard disk is not partitioned. Based on warning on MESH recovery disk, spoke to them they suggested housing drive in external USB enclosure and accessing corrupt disk an external drive, otherwise recovery disk will overwrite all files. Have removed drive from PC and tried using an Akasa Integral enclosure as a USB device attached to a Laptop. PC eventually reads disk as drive F:. However, it won’t allow access to read files/folders. Eventually, the only option that comes up is to format drive F:. PC Advisor threads suggests, for similar problems, reinstall problem disk in original PC and do a repair installation (not a recovery console) using the MESH recovery disk. Is this worth a try? Other threads suggest the use of PC Inspector to access the files. Is this worth a try? Should I try PC Inspector before a repair installation? Or any other suggestions that may allow file recovery. Any help welcome.
Following all the good advice, while attempting the XP Repair Installation using Windows XP disk, at the 7th screen to select the XP installtion for repair, after windows has searched for previous versions, my screen shows 2 options:
C: Partition 1 [Unknown] 117224MB <117224MB free>. This line is highlighted and below it, Unpartioned space 16MB
If I press R=repair will this overwrite/destroy docs, jpg, apps folders etc., cos the disk is not partitioned? Or will only the Windows files be installed without affecting the rest of the data? The screendump on Simplyguides shows example, C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition".