HEh, gotcha! Thanks. I am all set now.
I ended up having to do the repair two times - after the first, I was able to boot to windows but saw that my drive letters were all screwed so I manually changed them via the registry - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188
. upon doing that, I could not boot again - windows would stick at the screen as before.. Another repair install fixed that and now I am good.. except as you said, have to install all the updates over again which isnt that big of a deal.
Thanks again for your help!