In anticipation of a new game coming out I did a few standard tasks to my laptop to keep it running smoothly. Ran CCleaner, Spybot etc. I then did a defrag. I left it to run defrag on XP and when I came back to my PC it must of restarted as it was half way through the startup and came to the Windows cannot start Ntfs.sys error message.
I have found a page on the Microsoft support site to solve this, I boot from the XP CD and go into the repair console. I had to leave it for hours before it would bring up the command prompt in the repair console. It was examining IDE 0, I had to leave it for a couple of hours. I then got into the repair console (a DOS like screen) but had no command prompt. I left it for a couple of hours more and the C:\> prompt came up. The first command to do on the Windows site was cd system32. I did this but it did nothing. I left it overnight to see if it would change directory but it was still at the same place.
So basically I'm stuck, does anyone have any suggestions or any idea why it would be taking so long? It's a fairly quick laptop, does it usually take this long when the Ntfs.sys file is corrupt? Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.