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Hi, Harlemp :)

Sorry for the delay. The error may indicate a major problem with your drive. Use the Windows XP CD ROM to boot the computer.

You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order if necessary.

At boot, you will be prompted with the following options:

A. To setup Windows XP, press Enter.
B. To repair Windows XP installation using recovery console, press R.

Choose the option, "To repair the Windows XP installation using recovery console", press R. If an Administrator Password have been established, you will be prompted to type it in. If no Administrator Password exists, just press ENTER.

You will be presented with the following:

Microsoft Windows® Recovery Console

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.


Which Windows Installation would you like to log onto
(To cancel, press ENTER)?

Press the number 1 on your keyboard and hit Enter.

At the command prompt, type the following command and press Enter:


It will take a considerable amount of time to scan the drive.

Type exit, and then press ENTER to quit Recovery Console. Remove the CD and let the computer start.

Keep us posted.
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Thanks for the reply JSntgRvr

I will now go and hunt down my XP recovery Disc

Knew I shouldnt have tidied the spare bedroom :)

I'll post back when I have some results
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