My system was infected with some sort of virus. Downloaded the latest version of symantec anitvirus software. Corrected the problem, but Internet Explorer would not launch. I decided to uninstall, and then reinstall Internet Explorer. Walked away to do something else, and when I returned the system had rebooted and was requesting my password. After entering my password, the system came up with just my wallpaper background. No shortcut icons, and I can't get to the Start menu. Just a very nice picture of my Yellow lab.
I was going to reinstall XP, but I don't have a good backup of my files. (I know. Bad practice.) I have some documents and files that I really don't want to lose.
I have a bootable Window CD from the manufacturer. When I tried to do just the upgrade option, it told me that either the boot.ini files was missing, or something was missing in the boot.ini file. Not sure which?