Thank you, thank you, to both Keith and MikeFromNY!
I tried the WindowsXP CD in a friend's new Dell computer to see what would happen, and it wouldn't boot from his computer, either (Windows just started normally). MikeFromNY, I will post information regarding my BIOS as soon as I can. I don't have access to my computer right now, but I believe I saw the word "Phoenix" or something similar when I was in there. Does that help? That would be great if I could boot from the CD!
I did find an article on "How to obtain Windows XP Setup Boot Disks,"http://support.micro...kb;en-us;310994
that states I can download information onto six floppies and use those, together with the Windows XP CD to run setup and repair Windows. If I have to go this route, should I choose the version that matches what is my computer (SP2) or the version that matches what is on my WindowsXP CD (not SP2)?
From your responses, seems that you are recommending a repair installation of Windows right away rather than first trying to do anything with Recovery Console.
Thanks again, to you both!