It seems the computer has a corrupt registry from various visits to websites. It started with a screen saying it was a Windows Installer which never seemed to complete whatever it was doing and from there things have got worse. Now it won't boot up and won't go into safe mode etc etc. This evening I've been trying to get it into System Restore through the XP disk. I found info on several websites and religiously copied the various lines in through the repair screen. This is what I put in:
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default
It does everything all the way down except for the one which says copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system which it says it can't find. When I try to run it, it says the windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt (obviously because it won't copy it).
I can't think of anything else to do because I can't even get into system restore. Also I'm definitely not an expert and am very wary of poking around in areas where I can't back out easily.
I'm sure this is easy-peasy for the majority of people on this forum but I would really appreciate some help - preferably in words of one syllable for computer babies!
Thanks in advance