From what I've gathered from this site and others, something is skewiff with my registry. I have tried many different solutions so far: all options that my computer has given me thus far I have tried... booting in safe mode (no success) attempting to locate Dell recovery via BIOS (can't seem to find BIOS anymore =S) using Windows repair (I have borrowed a legal XP disk from my cousin, as my computer did not come with one) fiddling with things in both the F2 & F12 menu options (though not much fiddling, as I don't really know what I am doing); my frustration is building, especially as it seems many other ppl have experienced this problem, and the people on this website have been very helpful; however when I get to Windows Repair none of the suggestions I've seen so far have been of any use.
I have noticed a post from a user who eventually ordered new disks from their manufacturer, but I assume this causes loss of all data currently on my machine. Is this the only solution?
All i want is to get to the run regedit bit, and I can change the value back to how it should be... but I can't get to it!
Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated, even if its just: "yeah, order new disks"