After doing the usual virus scans, etc., I downloaded a registry cleaner. It found about 100 keys that were suspicious. About half of those were deemed dangerous, so I backed up my registry and deleted the bad keys. Then I turned off my system restore, rebooted into safe mode, ran Spybot S&D, HijackThis! and an antivirus scanner called Ewint or something. Everything looked OK.
Anyway, after going to restart, it won't go past the blue Windows screen. I tried restarting it again and again, but it simply won't go past there, in safe mode, last good config or anything else. I made a boot floppy off my other desktop (running Win98SE), but I really can't figure out where to go from the A-prompt. I *really* don't want to do a reformatting!
I'm afraid I'll have to hire a tech to get this thing up and running again, but I can't afford that for another week. To further complicate things, I don't have the installation disk for WinXP (I bought the computer used on eBay), and my other computer can't get on-line. And so, I'm using the computer at the library, hoping that someone can give me a word of advice or encouragement before 5:00 when I have to get off this terminal.