This issue is tough to describe b/c it just happened on top of two other major issues which I was trying to solve. In short, something about my PC causes it to continuously restart unless I unplug it, plug it back in, and turn it on. OK, the next issue was that my Windows XP Home activation 30 day trial expired so I was using a backwards method to access my files (to see what I would have to reinstall when I purchased XP again).
Now, after putting in my Windows XP disc for bootup and pressing Repair (but never actually doing the repair, pressing ENTER to startup rather than select the XP install for repairing), my computer will get beyond the black Windows load screen, go to a smaller blue window that says Windows XP and "please wait", and then go to a black screen saying validation failed for .../zonealarm/vsvault.dll. From there it restarts. I'm not sure if it restarts continuously due to the hardware issue or that it is in a loop due to get stuck by vsvault.dll
B/c of my expired status I cannot go into safe mode. I can access boot and BIOS menus however.
I just need to get back to where I am asked to activate windows, so I can get crucial systems information prior to having to reinstall everything.
That is, if I can past this vsvault.dll issue I can figure out the rest!
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)