See if it reacts differently with an XP CD, if not run the repair install using the product key for the PC, not the borrowed disc. The 25 character alpha numeric product key should be on a sticker attached to the PC
1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
3. When you receive the Press any key to boot from CD
message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
4. When you receive the Welcome to Setup
message, press R
to start the Recovery Console.
5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
6. When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.
7. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list
, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen.
8. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild
, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file:
a. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message, press Y: Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
b. You receive a message that is similar to the following message: Enter Load Identifier
This is the name of the operating system. When you receive this message, type the name of your operating system, and then press ENTER.
This is either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
c. You receive a message that is similar to the following: Enter OS Load options
When you receive this message, type /fastdetect
, and then press ENTER.
Note The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
9. Type exit, and then press ENTER to quit Recovery Console.
Your computer restarts, and the updated boot list appears when you receive the "Please select the operating system to start" message.You can use this guide to repair XPPossibly, you will need to press the power button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enterYou will need your XP product key to complete thisThe XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEMIf you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair installClick this to view the XP Repair Install GuideWindows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system
The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the driveAfter running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows UpdatesMicrosoft Update