So, right now, here's where I'm at. I reran the upgrade installation completely and let it finish. I watched it copy everything over. I actually did this twice. The reason? When I booted it the windows logo appears and it makes a few sounds like it's going into windows and displays the logo, but it always arrives at a black screen with the mouse arrow right in the middle. Nothing else.
What is causing this? Is it the win.ini file? At the moment I have the disk plugged into another computer through a usb cable. I have been copying my data from it to another external hard disk. The machine I"m using has non high speed usb ports, at least that's what the little balloon says when I plugged in the disk. I looked all over for a high speed usb controller to download, but I want a free download. Every link I found was broken. Am I correct that it wouldn't matter anyways to install the driver since the port is not a high speed port? The data transfer is slow. I have a lot of data to transfer. I would much prefer to fix this problem than do a new installation of windows. It would take many days just to reinstall all the software on my machine.
How can I fix this disk so I can get back to my desktop?