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dat 5859 unbootable & C:drive now pkback# 001

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by critter8it, Apr 26, 2010.

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  1. critter8it

    critter8it Thread Starter

    Apr 26, 2010

    I had that McAfee debacle dat 5859 update nightmare. Their fixes all include booting into safe mode...which I couldn't do, but it wouldn't have mattered since the solution also asks you to do things that require functionality that is no longer available to you anyway.

    but i digress.

    After waiting 2 hours for tech support at McAfee, the tech spent 20 minutes trying to get the machine to boot into any mode.. that's right, I can't boot at all now... and while waiting for a boot sequence to (fail) again, he hung up on me.

    Now I thought I would just try to repair the installation from XP Pro CD, not the original, which is the french version also - I just can't find the cd since I'm also in the middle of a move :eek:!

    I select "repair" option...and skipping all the screens in between, ultimately I get to see the drive listings where I see that the drive is now labeled pkback# 001.

    Since the "repair" installation is giving me dire warnings about overwriting the windows directory (but not my old data files) instead of what I would expect a "repair" to do, and since the drive has this weird name...

    I am now just too freaked out to continue on my own.

    please help.


    PS I'm almost positive I have an i386 and sp2 on an external drive if needs be to slipstream an installation CD or at least grab sys files...
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