This is the WinXP Home Edition ERROR MESSAGE:

Black Screen/White Text:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully.
Recent Hardware or software changes might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose the Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure
or... choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with CMD

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked).

Start Windows Normally


First, NONE of these above options work.
As SOON as I strike the keyboard it FREEZES.

I have tried hitting F8 on start up. NOTHING.

The story:

A friend shipped me her hard drive for other reasons (can't get her Netscape mail to show up).
Upon arrival, in a VERY WELL packaged box.....this ERROR msg. happens. It was fine when she used it last.

I have put it in two known good towers, same thing.
I have switched all the jumpers around, just to try it.
I have tried different cables, different electrical outlets....different houses!!

I have scanned it for viruses: NO viruses found.

I have made it a slave and backed up MyDocs, mail, et cetera.

I do NOT have the Restore Software disk because all she SHIPPED me is the hard drive.

PERHAPS she can find the disk and mail it to me......BUT, I want to get it fixed now
while I have the time. She also just moved, I am not expecting her to BE ABLE to find ANYTHING right now.


My question is:

Can I download a Restore Disk? (its from a DELL)

I do NOT need the authentication NUMBER. I have that a phone call away.
I just need to be able to run diskcheck, or whatever other tools the Restore Disk offers.

If not, can I download something else (floppy) that gives me the same tools?