Just as I was nearing the end of switching laptops bad luck stroke. I couldn’t boot up the new machine after enabling security features in BIOS. It ended at dreadful blue screen.
I tried disabling everything I could in BIOS, checked hardware with Dell’s diagnostics partition but it all turned out well.
Next thing I tried was Ultimate Boot CD but I was really sure what I can do with that. So I did absolutely nothing.
Next I figured I would just reinstall Windows XP just to get to my data before I return the laptop for a new one. Decided to boot into repair console and then I ran chkdsk. It fixed something and now I can boot again.
I had very 20th century / Windows 95 feeling when it happened but now I’m just happy Del Boy works again.
PS: If Del boy would be pushing up the daisies right now, that would be the third machine to go kaput in our office in two days. Mind the title.