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This is a V.I.F. (Very Important File) that the PC needs to start. (among other I.F.s)
Firstly are you using a dual boot system i.e. havin 2 different OSs on the same PC like Win7on C:\ and WinXP on D:\ ?
Taking for granted you have WIN-XP only and that too on C:\ (obviously) then first check your data cables of your HDD for loose contacts on both, the motherboard terminal/port as well as the HDD terminal/port. Also check for the CMOS battery [Maxell CR2032] best is to replace it every year. It costs Rs.10 to Rs.15 maximum.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to switch off your PC's power from the AC mains outlet, before you tamper with any hardware connecting your drives to your motherboard.
Taking for granted that all is okay in there then check to see if you haven't left any CD/DVD in any of your drives accidentally. If the drives' CD trays are empty too, then I feel you need to repair your Win-XP installation. To do so, simply follow these steps... but before that you need to note...
NOTE: Best to re-install Win-XP BUT by using the Repair option. That way you will also be able save your data because you will be NOT be Formatting your C:\.
1. First power on your PC & go into your CMOS setup by pressing 'Del' key or F2 key (as the case may be) immediately on reboot and once inside it, make sure that your Boot Sequence Options in the CMOS setup is as follows:
(i)First boot Device CDROM [Enabled]
(ii)Second Boot Device HDD-0 [Enabled]
(iii) Boot Other Devices [Disabled]
(iv) Bootup Floppy Seek [Disabled]
NOTE: At this point make sure that your Windows Bootable OS installer CD is in your CD/DVD drive. If not then eject the tray and put it in and close tray.
2. After having done that press F10. This will Save and Exit the CMOS setup and also reboot your PC.
3. Your installation CD will NOW be detected and on being asked "Press any key to boot from CD..." just do it. Press Enter or the Spacebar or whatever you feel like.
4. This will bring you to the 1st Blue installation screen where it will prepare menu items etc. to be displayed.
5. You will now be on the screen where There will be AN option saying "To continue to installing Windows, Press ENTER" so you press enter. The next screen will be the EULA (End User License Agreement) here press F8 as in I Agree and go ahead.
6. The next screen you should find for AN option that says "To repair Windows press R" so you press R.
7. Now you will observe that the installation CD is being read and at the bottom of the Blue screen you will see the old system files are being deleted (All this will happen very fast.) and new files will begin to be copied.
The rest of the screens will be just like the one's that you will have come across during a fresh installation where you were asked your CD Key (Product's Serial Number), your User Name and Workgroup, your network settings & options, your Regional Language & Settings, etc.
VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you don't type an new user name. It MUST be the same as per your current installation. For example if you were logging in as Sandeep then the User Name must be Sandeep. Don't change this or else it will be difficult to access your My Documents etc.
NOTE: There will be a total number of 3 reboots but when it Reboots for the first time after completing Copying of Files, PLEASE DON'T touch the keyboard when asked "Press any key to bot from CD..." or else you will have to start all over again.
Once all the reboots are done, I don't see anything stopping you from accessing your data.
TIP: Make sure you remove your Win-XP installation CD from the drive after you're done with the OS repairs.
Trust this helps you solve your problem.
A friendly advice: Write down the procedure somewhere and use it whenever you feel the need to Genuinely re-install your OS without disturbing your other pre-installed software. And also tell me if you found it useful.
Good luck Sandeep.
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