Originally Posted by ws1990reds
so he might as well start clean.
I thought that he had fdisk and then reformated his hard drive and partitioned it. After that the XP disk will run the setup creating the new file system and partition etc.......he should be good to go.
XP is not like Win Me, 98, or 95 etc. It has NTFS file system, you should be able to just stick the XP disk in and run it, tell it to do the NTFS and to replace the old, it should wipe out the old when it formats and partitions the NTFS. That should fix your problem. You possibly could have in the beginning gone to the disk and explored it for a new copy of the missing or corrupt file and then copy and pasted a new copy back to where the old one is corrupted, to replace the bad one or missing one.