Hi, teds, and welcome to Geeks to Go!
If you aren't getting the Repair option, that means theres' something really wrong with the Windows installation.
1. Let's try to repair the Master Boot Record. Put the Windows XP CD
in the cd-rom drive and shut the machine OFF. Power the machine back on and watch the screen for the prompt "Press any key to boot from cd"...press the spacebar once.
This should take you to a "Welcome to Setup" screen...Press R to load Recovery Console"
On the next screen, select your operating system by typing the number to the left of it. In most cases, this will be 1. C:\WINDOWS...so type 1.
If you are prompted to type a password, leave it blank and press "Enter".
This should take you to a command prompt...C:\WINDOWS>
Type in fixmbr
and press enter. You should also try fixboot
2. Another option, especially if you have data on the computer that need to try to salvage, is a parallel installation. This will install Windows into a different folder and will not overwrite anything. Once you are able to backup your data, you can format the drive and install Windows fresh.
Boot to the Windows XP installation cd by pressing a key when the "Press any key to boot from cd" prompt appears at the top of the screen.
- At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press Enter to set up Windows XP.
- Accept the License Agreement by pressing F8
- With your current installation selected in the box, press Esc
- Select C: Partition1 [NTFS] in the box and press Enter
- To continue setup using this partition, press C
- Now you should see formatting options...choose the last one, Leave the current file system intact (no changes), and press Enter
- To use a different folder, press Esc
- Name the folder WINDOWS0 (just type a 0 (zero)) and press Enter
The Windows installation should begin. This will install Windows to a new folder, leaving your data intact. Any programs installed on the old directory will have to be reinstalled to the new one. Device drivers will also have to be installed for all the hardware to work as it should.
The data will be located in the Documents and Settings folder (C:\Documents and Settings) under your old user account name...so when you set up the new installation, give yourself a slightly different user account name.