Hey, this is my first post. Whatever, so, my friend's computer (lives in Europe, I just came back a couple days ago) is basically inoperable. I've tried everything to fix the problem: WinXP doesn't boot, right when you're about to see the log-in screen a nostalgic blue screen flashes for less than a second and thereafter reboots. It's cyclical after that.
So... I've tried using the XP Pro installation disk to format the hard-drive and apparently some system file, I believe isapnp but I'm not sure, is corrupt so I can't format it that way. What else? Um, they don't have Product Keys over there for Windows, so if I did format it I would be kind of screwed. I don't know why, they just told me "that's how they sell computers here." They live kind of far away from any real city/civilization(lol) so it's pretty **** hard to fix anything for cheap or at all.
My question is: Is it possible to solve this problem? The only thing I can think of is to spend a few hundred for new hard-drives and copies of Windows. Is there any other way besides that? I won't be able to find out any info of play with the computer since I'm in America now. I'm just searching for answers now, to know before I head back next summer. If you've read this far, thank you.