Originally Posted by Cortland
Repair install. She doesn't want to lose all her files. I tried to get her to back up regularly but she won't. Now she stands to lose all her finical records, ancestry files and family photos. I'm trying to find a way around that.
This may sound like one of those cheap solutions that you may find googling for a few minutes, but my advice is:
- Install a GNU/Linux distribution in a pendrive to boot from there
- Boot from the pendrive with the distro
- From that system you can access all your data and save it in DVD or in another storage unit
- After saving everything make a clean install of Windows
By the way, pay attention in something: There are a variety of reasons why WinXP can end with a boot loop, the most common of all are the viruses and malware (that's why you should try the LiveCD/Pendrive idea), and the worst scenario possible is a hardware issue.
Start creating a booting media with a GNU/Linux distribution (Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSuSE, Mageia, Linux Mint...) and save all the information you can.
Good luck dealing with this little problem.