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Jul
13
comment Windows XP Boot Failure
Interestingly, the install media I have does not have this step (i.e. I don't get the option to go to repair mode--on startup it goes right to the screen where it lists the partitions of your drives so you can select one to install). I tried loading up an older version of install media I had from another computer to see if I could get to the repair that way, but it always hung while loading.
Jul
13
comment Windows XP Boot Failure
I did do this. See my edit of the OP for the results.
Jul
13
comment Windows XP Boot Failure
I was able to boot using a LiveCD (some version of Knoppix) and was able to read various files on the drive, so drive failure does not seem likely. As far as "acting strange", it had been running for a while, and you know how Windows gets gummed up sometimes. Granted, I can't 100% eliminate the possibility of a virus but it did not seem to be the case.