Right, I continued to try and use a system restore point, but continued to receive errors and access denied warnings. I finally managed to gain access - disabling my ability to boot in safe mode - but I found that there was hardly any restore points available. In fact, only one - RP0 - which I couldn't do anything with.
I have since made another slipstream XP SP3
cd because my other wouldn't boot properly. I have successfully managed to boot from the optical drive, but I have found that there is no option to perform a repair install - which from what i can gather was my final option.
So now, I can either reinstall windows and lose all of my files and programs - or buy a new HDD
with XP installed and rescue my files that way - but still losing vital programs like Office etc.
Know of any retailers that have HDD
with windows on them for a decent price? I have a 80gb hdd
at the moment. Luckily, i get paid on friday.