I found this at support.microsoft.com:
To resolve this issue, restart the computer with a Windows Millennium Edition Startup disk, and then perform each step until the problem is resolved: 1. Modify the WinBootDir entry in the Msdos.sys file to point to the correct location of the Windows folder.
2. Extract a new copy of the Ifshlp.sys file to the Windows folder and extract a new copy of the Imagehlp.dll file to the Windows\System folder.For additional information about extracting files, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files
3. If you determine that the Vmm32.vxd file is missing or corrupt, you must rename the file to Vmm32.old in the C:\Windows\System folder, and then reinstall Windows Millennium Edition to re-create this file.
I'm still lost, I have an emergency recovery cd, not a startup disk (although they might be the same thing) I'll see what I can try...
I put in the recover cd and it says "Are you sure you want to recover the data from the recover CD?"
I'm not 100% sure what that means, it could mean if i want to format which i don't want to do. what I'm supposed to do according to support.microsoft.com is to extract stuff and modify stuff
it does give me a command prompt I:\ if i say no
Edited by MNOB07, 30 April 2005 - 12:48 PM.