i have been having trouble with my windows xp operating system.
it started with the log-in/log-on problem where after log-in the desktop wallpaper would flash briefly then it would immediatley log-out back to the sign in page. i found a few relevant forums on here, tried logging in in safe mode, no difference etc, ran the windows recovery thing and did the chkdsk which said it repaired one or more files so tried to reboot with no improvement.
i then tried to repair windows so booted using the dell recovery cd and followed the instructions on the forum here.
looked like it was going ok as it was loading the set-up files then the message, cannot set required windows xp configuration information which indicates internal set-up error.
now when i reboot it starts to load windows, then it changes to a blue set-up screen which restarts the repair but then changes to a black blank screen with a mouse cursor that moves with the mouse and that is all.
not sure what to do now, would prefer not to have to re-format as there are files id rather not lose.
im sure its not a hardware problem
system details are
dell dimension 4700
intel pentium 4
its about 5 years old i think