I get passed step 1, but it never asks me any of the Administration stuff. After all the copying and deleting of those files, i reboot. It gets me to windows, but its in 800x600 resolution and blue backround . I click start and the top says "owner". I cant run antivirus or anything because it says i dont have permission. So i restart and hit F8 when the screen is at the dell screen loading the BIOS (not the windows loading screen, F12 or F2 didn't have safemode as one of the options . The guide said to use F8 so i did) and i get more error messages. Same spot where the first problem started, i get a whole bunch of stuff about my computer and dell. At the very bottom, it says "Keyboard failed" It loads to the next screen where it has the normal menu when you try to enter safe mode and the keyboard seizes to work. I'm stuck at "run windows normally" and none of the arrow keys work. I manually shut it down because everything froze. My keyboard did have a spasm when i hit num lock. The light would flicker on when you'd press it and immediately turn off when you let it go.
What in the world happened? It was running fine yesterday!!! I'm so angry!!
I do have the Xp disc. I have tried to use the Toms Harware guide and for some reason, i cant seem to get to the agreement screen where you push F8. It just goes straight to the menu where you can choose: Install Windows, repair windows with recovery console, and the last one i cant remember.
EDIT: I got to the agreement screen. Its copying the files now. I kept on trying to repair it so this time i tried to reinstall it and it found the messed up of windows
So it installed, everything is there. Except all my shortcuts are gone on the screen so i had to search for all of them to get them back. Kaspersky isnt working and i have to reenter the WEP key to get my internet back. I ran Wincleaner and it found 107 things wrong with the registry. I fixed them. Now i need to uninstall some programs, but the only thing it says in the add/remove programs that is installed is Wincleaner. Help??? I dont even know if i have SP2 or SP3...
Is it a retail XP disc, or a OEM restore disc? A retail XP disc wouldn't have kaspersky, wincleaner, or any other 3rd party application included with the install. A fresh install from a retail disc would wipe out all your shortcuts, documents, favorites, etc...An OEM recovery disc would reload the OS back to the factory settings (including the original bloatware).
I'd suggest using ccleaner to verify the issues that wincleaner is coming up with.