okay, im following these steps as from the link i posted in my first post:
Boot from your CD and follow the directions to start Recovery Console. Then:
Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
there is only 1 installation to choose:
i select that and then enter:
C:\WINDOWS\attrib -hrs c:\boot.ini
i hit enter and it takes me back to the C:\WINDOWS prompt
i enter:del c:\boot.ini
back to prompt c:\windows
scanning all discs for windows installations
Please wait, since this may take a while...
after a few minutes it says
the windows installation scan was successful.
note: these results are stored statically for this session. if the disk configuration changes during the session, in order to get an updated scan, you must first reboot the machine and then rescan the disks.
total identified windows installs: 1
add installation to boot list (yes/no/all): a
enter load identifier: 1
enter os load options: 1
it takes me back to C:\Windows
and i type exit to make it reboot
when it boots back up, i get the error still.