I tried doing a repair over my XP, didn't work. i found a couple sites that gave very similar (but slightly different) directions on fixing it in REOVERY CONSOLE (with WINXP Home Edition disk). One asked that once I had the R.C. pulled up showing "C:/WINDOWS/system32/" I type "dir". I did this (to show my list of files in "system32" folder). I didn't see userinit, or wsaupdater in this long list. I continued with the directions (that both directions stated) typing "copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe", and I think it was telling me something about it wasn't valid, or not found or something like that.
it is real important that i do not lose the data on the computer so i must try every way as humanly possible to fix this error without doing so. i'm trying to find a fix that doesn't involve slaving the drive over. that would be my last attempt. anybody got anymore ideas?
(also, please excuse me if i dont type back immediately (lol) im using a library computer right now. but i will be back to check either tonight or tomorrow).