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The situation is this. I have a pc with Windows XP Home edition. I recently found out I had the 'automatic updates' option set to 'off' so I was due many many updates. I decided to update. Everything went well, I received update after update, and then at one point I discovered that one of my Bittorrent programs couldn't download anything anymore. This was the updates' fault I decided, and I did a system restore to right before the first update. I think. Lo and behold, the damn system doesn't want to boot anymore. It gets this screen
and stays there, with the moving bar thing still moving. For hours (I have tried this). Any other boot attempts like safe mode don't work either. The only thing that gets me into Windows proper is a setup mode called in Dutch 'Foutopsporing' which loosely translates to 'finding the error'. I get into my desktop and it starts injecting all these icons into the systray and then hangs.
What can I do? I have the following to work with: the borked pc, this other working pc, and external HDD and a legit Windows XP Home edition.
Please help me, I don't know what to do.
EDIT: I already removed the HDD from the broken pc and copied all the important documents and stuff to this other pc, so if I lose my documents and settings folders that is no problem. I really do not wish to do a full reformat however.