However I do have a Dell XP reinstallation CD SP3 and can get into repair ( ??? ) section when booted up using this CD and I can enter CHKDSK in DOS(????) mode from there but what I read means nothing sorry.......
OK, then please enter the command in the DOS Mode from your CD. Tell me exactly what happens.
If I attempt to ' reinstall' Windows from this disk I am fearful I will loose everything saved on this machine.
I completely understand but if chkdisk fails we probably have to reinstall. Sorry. Maybe I will find another solution to fix your PC.