Start the windows xp installation again, go to repair and type fixmbr
Not sure if it works, but I guess it would :D
if those don't work >> fixmbr
try those first, the other steps are if the manual edit of the boot.ini doesn't work.
Tools -> Folder Options -> Show Windows Protected Files
boot from XP cd, choose recovery console; log on to recovery console
problem is that he can't get into the recovery console because he doesn't have the admin password.
A possible, but rather tricky workaround is to copy the MBR of a working windows disk over the MBR of the bad disk. Only thing you need is a linux live cd like knoppix.
search the web for boot CD linux to reset XP admin password, works like a charm:)
don't quit now! :)
download http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/cd080802.zip burn the .ISO inside the .zip to a CD (with nero for example) then boot with the broken XP HDD connected; follow the steps outlined to reset the admin password (but as blanco, very easy :))
then you access recovery console.
this is how I restored a broken XP install on a laptop last friday from a PC from a friend of a friend, did not have admin password either and trying to boot XP gave "file not found issues" on some system crictical files
A reformat can do the trick, but it's always best to do a checkdisk first, before formatting a HD.
As far as "some hidden files remains in the system which may harm your next OS" goes, you'll have to elaborate on that as it sounds like Mandarin Chinese to me. Since you were in the process of an install, it seems pretty obvious that you re-format the HD after power came back and the first install couldn't be continued.
I've installed XP hundreds of times and never ran into issues with left-behind files, be it after a clean install, upgrade, overwriting an existing XP or quick- or normal formatting...
Then again, maybe I was lucky. ;)
I wonder how Koensa's probs fared?
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