My HP with preinstalled XP (meaning I don't have the disk) decided to not work this morning, restarting itself right before it should have entered the Windows screen, making an endless restart loop.
Consulting with some knowledgable friends, I decided that since I really didn't have anything I needed on my harddrive, I would format the C partition and reinstall Windows with my dad's Windows XP disc.
The format went well, then while installing Windows I got all these errors about File Missing. I realized that my dad's XP disc was in fact a ME/98 Upgrade Disc. Oops
I shut down the computer and tried using system restore to no avail.
Whenever I start up with my Windows disk it wants to continue the installation (which will bring up a bunch of error messages). I tried to exit out of the installation with ESC and F8 but neither worked.
I am afraid I will have to buy a new harddrive (don't want to spend money)