Was able to follow your instructions up to DEL C:\BOOT.INI, but after entering BOOTCFG /REBUILD it displayed an error message that said: FAILED TO SUCCESFULLY SCAN DISKS FOR WINDOWS INSTALLATIONS. THIS ERROR MAY BE CAUSED BY A CORRUPT FILE SYSTEM, WHICH WOULD PREVENT BOOTCFG FROM SUCCESFULLY SCANNING. USE CHKDSK TO DETECT ANY DISK ERRORS.
So I ran CHKDSK and it FOUND ONE OR MORE ERRORS ON THE VOLUME, then displayed the following info but didn't showed any particular error:
190322996 kb total disk space
169130672 kb are available
4096 bytes in each allocation unit
47580749 total allocation units on disk
42282668 allocation units available on disk
Since your first instructions didn't seem to work, after rebooting I ran the second as you suggested and it displayed the following message: UNABLE TO CREATE FILE HAL.DLL...
I also tried darth_ash's suggestion and it kept displaying a message saying ACCESS DENIED until I changed the file's attributes, finally copied the HAL.DLL but the problem continues, when restarting with the puter's system it says that HALL.DLL is either missing or corrupt and that it must be replaced...
Further help will be appreciated, but I am thinking that if not able to fix it, I will retrieve the hard drive from that puter and install it as a slave in another to try and save the data, then will reformat it and reinstall winXP...
I will be waiting for your response, thanks once again!