Works great now, thanks. I'm going to scratch the bootable usb attempts and just go straight to cdr's.
Actually while I'm here, are you aware of any fixes other then fixing the mbr that I may be able to try to get back into regular windows? I've exhaustively searched google to no avail. Basically when I open up msconfig to return to normal startup and hit apply and ok, it says "System Configuration cannot save the original boot configuration for later restoration. Boot changes will be reverted. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."
Furthermore, when I go to the boot tab, there is no entry and none of the boxes will allow me to check them as if they are all greyed out.
Edited by demoncamber, 10 November 2011 - 01:08 PM.