XP boots to black screen before os loads

By t3rm3y
Nov 4, 2010
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  1. hi, i have limited tech knowledge, and usually find help through google searches, this one is not finding anything.

    I stupidly ran an .exe file from web (thought was a info file which i open often, didnt see the .exe)
    avg instantly reported 2 files were moved to quarantine.
    the pc was making grinding noises, so i shut down.
    Upon pressing the power button I get the light on the cd drive and power light come on, but screen stays black.
    I can press F8 and get the the boot screen, but that has no effect.
    I have inserted the xp disc (from old pc, this one came with it pre installed) does that matter?
    Upon my searches online I have tried a site which suggested:
    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
    copy c:\windows\repair\system\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
    copy c:\windows\repair\system\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    copy c:\windows\repair\system\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
    copy c:\windows\repair\system\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

    Nothing happened there.

    I am now doing a chkdsk /r
    That quickly reached 50% then slowed down until 70% then dropped back to 50% ??? it is no longer making noises and gone to 51% after 2 minutes.

    any ideas how to repair? im guessing its a boot.ini problem? a virus from the .exe?

    I am happy to reinstall windows, but there are pictures of my 2yr old on harddrive which i didnt get to back up to portable drive, would like to rescue them first if possible.

    Hope someone can help.

    ok that chkdsk ran, and found one error, typed exit, no fix.
    also tried:
    COPY D:\i386\NTLDR C:
    and a fixboot

    again nothing, it just stays blank.

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