It was a blue screen that just said registry error. Anyway I did solve it and here is how in case anyone else needs to repair a drive that won't allow you to boot up with the XP setup up disk. I loaded windows onto a new drive, once that drive was up and ready I installed the damaged drive as a slave. Then following information from the microsoft knowledge base on howto to manually do a registry restore I accessed the "c:\system volume information" folder, which took some changing of the security settings in safe mode, then copied and pasted the most recent backup into a temp folder where I needed to rename the files to match their counter parts. Then deleted their counter parts from the system32/config folder and coupied and pasted the backup into that location. Worked like a charm. Thanks anyway tho.
Edited by mikell808, 09 December 2006 - 07:29 AM.