Now I can't boot to windows - says corrupt boot.ini and hal.dll. Was able to understand and get into the recovery mode tool on the reinstallation disk but not can't copy hal.dll to windows\system32 because it says access is denied. I was able to successfully delete the boot.ini file. Can't use attrib to change attributes on hal.dll because apparently the recover utility only allows access to the root of C.
I do have attrib.exe and hal.dll loaded on my thumbdrive and can get to it as drive D when I boot from recover CD. Don't have an original XP CD, only this reinstallation CD and a driver and utility reinstall CD. I don't want to lose the data on Drive C if at all possible.
Thanks in advance.