comes up with an error message about corrupt files
If it's not too late you might want to write down the errors and do a google search.
If you log in as Adminstrator can you access that directory?
Can you get the password and access it?
Can you install XP on top of itself and access/backup all directories and then do a clean install? It might save everyone's user directories and it might not...never actually heard of anyone doing it. I would partition the OS on its own drive and save data/programs on other partitions when you reinstall everything.
You would have to reinstall some programs in case of another crash because they would no longer be in the registry but everyones' data would be safe.
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