Hi William, thank you for writing back. I am sorry but I also understand your frustrations.
The last thing that I am sure could fix your issue is to do a REPAIR-INSTALL of Windows XP. I believe you can do this because you just mentioned that you have the Windows XP CD Installer. Though you did not answer the question (#2 above) directly, I believe you have indirectly informed me that you have the XP CD Installer.
With REPAIR INSTALL, all of your files and programs will be intact and retained. Only the system files will be renewed using the original Windows files in the CD.
Before doing the REPAIR-INSTALL procedures of Windows XP, please review the following procedures since this provides very detailed steps with screenshots to assist you in the process. Just read and understand the process thoroughly before doing the repair install procedures.
The ONLY big thing that you need here is the CD Installer and the product key (25-character Key). Also, since this is a REPAIR INSTALL, you will choose the REPAIR option when you boot your computer in the CD. But do not choose the first REPAIR option since it will direct you to the manual or DOS-based repair of your hard disk and not the XP system.
Here is the link for the repair-install procedures that you can simulate before doing the actual thing.
Remember to REPAIR the existing Windows installation that has a problem, that is the heart or the core of the repair-install process.
- You boot your computer to the CD installer
- When setup loads, choose to continue setup (not repair yet)
- Then it will attempt to install but FIRST, it will look for previous Windows installation
- When it finds the Windows installation, choose repair then
Please let me know your results then so that I can help you further.