I've been racking my brain on this for hours...
-I was web surfing and I opened up a site that wanted me to go to another page. Sensing it was a trojan or something, I did not. Guess it didn't matter because it added something that completely slowed my internet down to a standstill.
-On another computer, I read a forum (wish it was this one 1st!) about cleaning the registry and proceeded to delete things that I probably shouldn't have.
-I proceeded to do a restore but a message said it "failed" and nothing had been changed.
- Now nothing was working but I somehow was able to get back to my valuable files and save them into an external HD. WHew!
-I attempted to go into "Safe mode". The screen would scroll then freeze (mid-scroll)and go no further.
-Next i attempted to reinstall my XP home (om my orig. disc.) Everything seemed to be going along fine. It was at the end of the upload when the "setup is restarting...." message came up. I thought it was normal, until nothing else happened.
-Today I wasted hours of trying and reading about similar problems(but not exact posts) with no luck.
I am now on the GeeksToGo doorstep asking for your valued assistance.
If someone would tell me a backflip will solve this...well I'm doing backflips then!!!