A couple of nights ago I opened a video file with winamp, which told me that I needed to download a codec to watch said file. So I downloaded the codec and clicked Run (not Save) and suddenly my comp BSOD's on me and shuts down. I dunno if this is important, but I was also extracting a .rar file with WinRAR at the time.
What's happening now is that my comp boots, then I get the "Windows did not start successfully....Boot in Safe Mode, Last Known Good configuration, etc." but it restarts everytime I'm supposed to get to Windows, no matter which option I pick. The loading screen for Windows DOES show, but I get the BSOD when I'm supposed to have Windows.
Can the situation still be salvaged? I don't want to have to pay through the ass for a reformat...
CPU: Pentium Dual Core, forgot clock speed
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8400
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Disks: 2, with 2 partitions each = 4 partitions
Also, I'm thinking since the problem is only with Windows, can I try installing Windows on a separate partition to back up my files at the very least before reformatting? I lost my XP CD a few months back..