Here is what has happened, just maybe it will give you some insight to fix this.
Originally I had gotten 'bitten' with malware and virus's. It was to where it would not let my computer boot up. It would get to the start screen and then start over again. I was told to do the same repair you are talking about. It would not fix it, it continued to take any 'fix'. I was then told that there was no way to fix it and that I had to do a format and reinstall windows. I didn't agree with that. I took it upon myself to install windows on my E drive and then go in and run sweep after sweep after sweep on the C drive. After awhile, I was able to do as you suggest with the 'fix' and it finally booted up on the C drive. I then was able to clean the computer of all malware etc etc (now remember, this is with 'expert' help, not on my own). The only thing I did on my own was to install windows on the E drive and by doing so, I pissed off the people who were helping me. They wanted my to format.
Ok, that brings us to the problem of updates. After or during all this, I received the update windows installer 3.1. While trying to figure this one out and while asking questions of the people who were helping me, once again they got pissed off and said I had an attitude and that I was impatiencent and we had to part ways on bad terms.
But to their credit, they really did help me a lot to clean up and get it this far.
So this is where we are now. I really need your help to finish this. I keep asking questions because I want to know and learn, as well as if I wait to ask, I will forget them and they don't get asked. I've gone as far as I know how to. IF AT ALL possible, I would really like NOT to have to format. I really don't want to loose what I have on the C drive. I can and have taken most and I hope all of the files from that drive and put them on another one, but I still have all the browser info that I don't know how to get back.
wizzy2k5, I really have tried to do a repair. Now I must also admitt that it was before I was able to actually boot up the C drive, so maybe it will work this time. I don't know, I'm not THAT knowledgable. That's why I'm in here.
So if you guys can and will help, I will be most grateful for it. If after reading this and you can think of NO other way to fix it then to reinstall windows, then I will have to go that route. But please remember, that is what the other folks said, and I went another way and we got this far. Maybe you guys can think of something they didn't.
I look forward to hearing back from you and I'll just hope it's good news, and not bad.
Remember, no matter the outcome, I DO appreciate the help. I can't say that enough. I understand you guys don't get a thing other then us little peon's telling you thank you.
I'm glad you don't want to do a full format. Maybe we can do a fix. I was told that I would loose data even with a repair.
Edited by woodworks, 05 June 2008 - 11:58 AM.