Okay have a computer running Win 2K pro. There is some sort of problem with the MBR (probable guess here) and I do not have the original install disk.
First problem I don't know the manufacturer of the computer (i.e. Dell, HP, etc) as the shell has long been replaced.
What it's doing: Turn on and it loads up, get the black screen with the white "Windows is loading" and the white progress bar. This goes to 100% then the Windows 2K splash screen with the blue gradient progress bar. The bar moves, then stops, then moves, then stops, and this goes on for quite some time.
Eventually, the computer self-restarts. I have tried last known good config, start in safe mode, all to no avail. Research has led me to a corrupt MBR file.
Now, ideally, I would like the thing to come back on and work (with some diagnosis, or at least to what lead to the problem), but I will settle for a one time load, so I can get needed files.
I would like to NOT have to remove the harddrive and connect to another computer, as that is such a hassle and with password protected read-only files, you know how that goes.
What are my options here, anyone know?