I followed the site administrator's very clear instructions for an in-place repair of Windows XP Professional, using the Windows Reinstallation CD supplied with my computer. But at the "Windows XP Professional Setup" screen I was offered three options instead of a choice to repair:
1--to set up Windows XP on the selected item selected, press ENTER.
2--to create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
3--to delete the selected partition, press D.
The selected item is "C: partition1 [Unknown] 76317 MB <76317 MB free>".
Does this mean that my hard drive is too corrupted to repair?
Should I proceed from the setup screen? I don't know whether to use unpartitioned space, in which case I might have 2 installations of Windows XP Professional, or to risk using the selected (only) partition and risk losing all my data on the hard drive. I have 76317MB free on "Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus0 on atapi [MBR]".
I am afraid of losing my data (photos, music, original writing)on the hard drive, although I understand I will have to restore the firewall and re-install programs I added and MS service updates. Stupid that I did not back up, but if there is a way to do that prior to trying to repair, I should probably try to do it!
I have read through all I could find on this site, and started a post in the wrong spot. Hope this is right now. I am good at following directions, but am no expert. I am wondering if I was given the correct CD with my computer, because I had to have the store mail me a Windows XP Pro disk when the one they originally supplied (sealed) was for Home Edition, which was not what came on the laptop: I never noticed until I tried to use it.
Thank you for any help you can provide!