What the problem is:
I encountered the nasty blue screen and could not boot into windows. safe mode, last known good setup etc... all did not work.
so, i followed some advice from a forum about going into the recovery programme and copying across some files, repairing them, deleteing the damaged ones etc... this seemed to work ok until on re-boot the "lsass.exe" error about a password change appeared. i have since read some stuff about problems with OEM installed XP changing user accounts and passwords if you mess around with these files... bit late now!
What i would like to know is:
With the Lsass.exe password error i now have, and i can't get back into the recovery programme, is there any way i can retrieve the password or reset it? i read other people have had lasting problems with this - my password should be blank and i didn't change it so somewhere in a root file it has changed?
if i can't do anything other than a re-install of XP, will i lose the files in my docs/settings?
if i will lose the files, what is the best way to retrieve them before i re-install XP? someone suggested a hard drive enclosure with USB connector so that i can access the files from another computer and then re-install windows on it?
will a re-install of windows get rid of all my problems??!
i would really appreciate it if anyone can help with this.