When I have a bad hangup in XP Pro (about every 3-6 mo), and I put in the DVD and boot, it goes through the std start but when it come to the options, the only ones listed are the one lists the disk drive and asks me which do I want to install Windows on. There is no "repair" option, just the re-load.
It does not destroy my C: drive and loads a WINDOWS.1 but all my Programs are hosed and will not execute. Says something is missing. Programs will execute without reloading them.
I suspected the registry but saved it and restored but still none of my programs will start.
How does one get a CD/DVD of XP Pro with the REPAIR option where it just restores the OS files. and leaves the registry and Program Folder and links alone??
The system restore in Safe Mode sometimes works but some times it will not and XP just has to be re-loaded.