Ok, i think this question belongs here, so here it goes. a little background info on the problem: i have 2 computers in my room, right next to each other. i turned them both off at about 3 am and went to bed, they were both working fine. today i woke up at about 2 pm and turned them on, both had the error in the title. the computer im on at the moment is a compaq, while the other is a northgate. the compaq is about 4 years old while the northgate is around 7. i ran a system recovery on my compaq, and now everything is up and running, surprisingly better than before. the only problem is on that on the northgate, when it boots up, there is no system recovery option. i know that if you put in the windows xp cd that things should work, only problem is that the compaq was bought off a friend, and neither of us have the cd, and the northgate is 7 years old, and i have obviously lost the cd. i have put the file onto a flash drive, but when i put it in and turn on my pc, no button will do anything to do, and i know that hitting escape is supposed to load it. i have also tried contacting northgate, but of course, they are out of business. if you have any way that could possibly help me i would be very grateful.
that was my other thread, just some background info. i now have a cd. if someone could walk my through the steps on what to do now, that would be great! this is wht i have done so far. i put the cd in, and made the computer boot from the cd. i pressed r to repair. i pressed 1 for c:\windows. and i entered my admin password. now what?