This morning it was at the windows XP screen but was very dim. I was finally able to get it fully booted by using F8 and selecting "Last known good configuration". I imediately tried to do a system restore to 3 days earlier. It took extrememly long (20 mins, so maybe not that long?). Near the end of system restore it froze.
I tried several different reboots in various modes and only one time was able to get to "safe mode". I tried a system restore from 2 weeks earlier and it froze near the end of that restore.
by using F8 I am able to get to the screen with the following menu choices;
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA Mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Disable automatic restart on system failure
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS choices Menu
I appreciate any help and just would like to know where to start. I do NOT have a XP recovery disk.