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02-Jul-2009, 02:02 PM #1
Windows XP Won't Boot Properly
Hello all. I've been having a series of escalating problems starting a few days ago. This is going to be a long summary, but I'll try to keep it as brief as I can without leaving anything important out:

At some point, I noticed I couldn't access my Task Manager - when I hit Ctrl + Alt + Del I got a message saying the Administrator had disabled my access to the Task Manager, which is odd because I am the administrator.

I figured it might be a virus or some spyware/malware, so I ran scans for both. They found a few things, and quarantined/deleted them. However, the problem was still there.

I also noticed that I couldn't open My Computer - the system didn't freeze or crash when I clicked on the icon, it just didn't do anything.

I poked around online and found a way to get access to the Task Manager again, and found a suspicious-looking process called elg64kyt1o.exe running a few copies of itself. Whenever I tried ending the process, it would come back with two or three times as many instances running. At one point, I had over 350 copies of the process running, which obviously slowed down my computer quite a bit.

Sometime around this point, I got a BSoD, and am no longer able to boot normally, boot with Last Known Good Configuration, or boot in any type of Safe Mode. No matter which option I pick, Windows will start loading for about two seconds, then Blue Screen and restart.

I've tried using the Recovery Console for a few different things. CHKDSK /P and CHKDSK /R have told me that there is some kind of error, but won't tell me what it is. Bootcfg /Rebuild returns an error saying that the scan of Windows could not be completed, and tells me to run CHKDSK to find the error, which it doesn't.

I tried doing an in-place upgrade of Windows XP through the Recovery Console. This seemed to work at first, but when the computer restarted to finish the installation, it hung after a few seconds and then Blue Screened and restarted again, never finishing the installation.

I also tried a method of System Restore through the Recovery Console described here, and that seemed to work as well, as it allowed me to boot into Safe Mode after the first step or two.

However, when I went to do the actual System Restore in Safe Mode, I found that there were only two restore points listed, both of which were conveniently after this whole problem started. I tried the earlier one anyway, and the restore worked, but the whole booting problem remains.

Is there anything else I can try? At the very least, I could wipe the drive and do a fresh install, but I haven't backed it up in quite a while, so I'd at least like to get to a point where I can get some files off of it.

If there's anything else I can try in Safe Mode, I might be able to get back into it again by doing the first step or two in the process described in that link I mentioned.

Sorry about the lengthy post. Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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02-Jul-2009, 02:29 PM #2
Yea sounds like a Virus or Trojan, that the scan just aren't picking up. With that many occurring problems the the most effective way would be to reconfigure. If possible you can make that a slave drive and backup any information that way. Or get a enclosure and backup that way.
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02-Jul-2009, 02:33 PM #3
Thanks for the reply ISDP. What do you mean by reconfigure?

And do you happen to have a handy or simple guide to slaving a drive to another computer? I've never heard of this before. Or at least not that terminology.
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