Hello again Darkfox,
However system restore was turned off so there is no point before I fiddled with the registry.
This is your downfall!
The only solution for this dilemma is to 'slave' this HDD in another computer; extract whatever data you need on to CD/DVD or other media; then wipe this Drive and start your Windows® installation from scratch.
There is no way to recover the registry information, as it applies only
to your machine, and is not information that can be 'copied' from another computer.
To help you with the re installation, please read this checklist.
The Windows® XP Installation Check List.
The Windows® XP SP2-CD (naturally)
2. Darik's Boot N Nuke®
..A Disc wiping Utility; or alternatively... Killdisk™.
(Click the coloured Links
3. Please read this guide
...A Step-by-Step Installation Guide with explanations for each step of the installation.
4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.
A few tips:
Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4˝ hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD
). Wiping the HDD this way will give you the best chance of a 'clean' uninterrupted installation.
When you get to Figure 7
in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows® how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra partition, it will not be active until you do so after the installation is over and done with...we can give you guidance as to how this is done, so partition away if you wish.
Once the installation is finished, with all the Motherboard Drivers installed, and Internet connected, I strongly recommend that you install a reputable Anti Virus program first
; then, go to the Windows Update Site and download all
the updates (including SP3
AVG™ is has a very good free
version available here
DO NOT have any unnecessary items; such as, USB cameras, Printers etc., attached to the machine...install all
the installation is finished, and fully updated from Microsoft®.
If you are uncertain about anything
here, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.
Good Luck with this task; when you have finished, please report back with the success or failure of the installation.