well, we are going to need a burner
Since it does not sound as if you have a real windows disk, you need a portable recovery console
download RC.iso from the following link:http://www.thecomput...edic.com/rc.iso
You need to burn this image to a CD and boot your computer with it--this is different than burning a file to a CD. If you do not know how to burn an ISO image, then download the following program to another Windows machine, install it. http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
It is called cdburner xp, but it works on 2000 and even 98se
An iso is an image of a disk, not a file. So check the help file on how to burn an image (dont just copy teh file to a disk)
Once the CD is burnt, place it in the defunct computer
Then reboot your broken PC with that CD in the CD-ROM drive.
Make sure the PC is set to run from the cd as the primary boot device. You do this by setting your PC to boot to the CD-ROM in BIOS (enter bios by pressing f1, f2 pr del key during memory count up, then searching for boot order, and setting the CD as the first boot device)
When the PC boots, it will boot from the CD...after the first several screens load, you will be given a choice to choose R for recovery console. You will be asked to log in.
For Windows XP Home, there is not password, just hit enter. For Windows XP pro, ask whomever set up the machine what password they used.
Once at the Recovery console c:\windows prompt, type
windows will scan your system, looking for windows installs
It will find c:\windows and give it a number 1
it will ask for a name, type
it will ask for switches, leave blank and hit
windows will reboot
This time, you will be give a choice of two operating systems WINDOWS and WINDOWS2, choose the second
Windows will boot.
Now, open c:\boot.ini in notepad and paste the contents here