One of my colleagues sent me this email, about his Windows XP box not being able to boot. I told him that I would pass it on, and see if the gurus here can help:
I had an XP machine that was being a bit flaky so I defragged it and then
flagged it to run disk check on restart. No errors were reported during the
scan. However, instead of starting the OS, it hung displaying the scan
completed window. The "three finger salute" will not restart, only the
hardware reset button. Alas, back into disk check.
The machine will start in recovery mode so I believe a file (or perhaps the
registry) is probably the root of the problem Any suggestions on where to
go before I spend money talking to M$?
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.