tried i in safe mode. ges to same place in boot and sops.
tried o ell i o boot with "last good configuration" ges o same spo and stops.
i have puppy linux on a cd which it will use to boot up. bu i do not know much about how to use linux including he puppy. the fact hat it will boot on puppy linux tells me that something in windows go coruped.
i do have my original windows xp home cd. also the machine seemed willing to run the xp recovery parician, but i stoped short of letting it do so as i am unsure what that would desruct of my files.