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reinstall xp professional... .sys file corrupt

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i just recently installed the windows vista and tried to go back to the xp which i found near impossible. I ordered a recovery disk from sony solutions as i have a sony vaio and they guided me through a couple of things and eventually even my vista refused to run. thinking i'd lost everything i tried reinstalling he xp again at which point it would say a certain .sys file was missing. i proceeded to delete my operating system and tried reinstalling xp again and once more the .sys file was apparently corrupted. I was wondering if it was a problem with the cd which as a matter of fact i would find surprising as it is an original cd. if not could it be problem with my harddrive? the set up simply refuses to load and i'm at a loss of what to do as i don't want to shell out tonnes of money on repairng.

if i get a new harddrive will my xp cd work?

any help will be greatly appreciated....(in a sense i'm begging)
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Did you format the drive using the default not quick option

Have you backed up the data you need

Have you got the installation CD's for all the programmes currently installed, along with passwords and serial numbers
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