So currently the furthest I can get on startup is the black Windows XP screen with the logo and loader bar, before it then has a very brief blue screen flash and reboots into the 'We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start succesfully' screen with the option of going into Safe Mode / Last known Good Configuration. Whatever option I take, it reboots back to this screen eventually.
I've got 'Avira Rescue Boot 2013' on a CD and can boot off of that, which allows me some access to my files. I can't run DDS as I can't access my desktop, could I download and run it on the avira disk? I do plan to upgrade Windows XP to 7 as the support's died, just want to get it fixed first as I've a fair amount of old things on there and this did occur before MS stopped support for XP as well. Would greatly greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thanks