First, I'm missing my XP Home CD and a friend lent me his corporate ed. of XP Pro a while back.. I have to get it back from him. (I talk about it later in this post)
Second, background on the program I downloaded after the SP2 upgrade, its called truepoker, its a poker game you download and play on the net. I've downloaded it several times and had no problems.
So, I upgrade to SP2 finally, get all the security in gear, and I go to download this program. It installs fully and the install-wizard tells me to restart my computer, so I do. Then that's where it stopped. All it does now is go to the Windows XP Pro load screen, and then restart again, and again, and again.
I've gone into BIOS and set all my drives to auto, set read from CD to run first, and checked my drives as well. I've also tried going into all the different versions of Safe-Mode..no go there.
I think the program messed up some core Windows files, but I'm not sure.
Since I can't into my OS, I'm thinking of using my other computer, that's on the network with the down one, getting a DOS prompt, and formatting from there, hopefully fixing the problem. But the thing is, I don't want to do that, I want to save some things first.
My next solution is to get the XP Pro CD from a friend and doing a system restore from there, and then formatting after I save my stuff.
I need to know if there is an alternate method other than what I've outlined. If not, do I need the same CD of the original XP Pro CD to do the system restore, or just the CD?
And if I can't do that, can anyone help me with the DOS prompt that I can put on a floppy or CD to format my computer through DOS?
This has been an ongoing problem, I've talked to several friends and tried e-mailing Microsoft and Dell... No help there. Any help or enlightenment is greatly appreciated. Thanks.