I obtained instruction on-line at cyberwalker.net on what I took as the correct procedur. I verfied what needed to be verified and followed instructions.
I downloaded the XP SP1 boot disk program to a set of 6 floppies from Microsoft.com. I restarted my computer with the floppy boot disk #1 in drive a: and installed all 6 floppies, then went to the Recovery Console and chose the appropriate Windows installation #1.
I removed the floppy from a: drive and put in the XP CD that came with the computer and then.....
At the A:> promt I typed... "format C: /fs:ntfs" and hit enter. The format began and is now complete. I typed exit to reboot and changed the BIOS boot setting back to using the CD-ROM as the primary in the boot sequence. Then I exit-ed and reboot.
My screen is blank with the following message:
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
Windows XP with SP1 CD remains in the CD-ROM drive, every time I do Ctrl Alt Del I get the same message over and over. I am typing this from my lap top in case you were wondering.
What the bleep have I done? And how do I fix it?