XP Booting Issue

I had XP running stably on my computer (XP 2000+, GA-7VRXP, IBM 75GXP 45G drive, 512 ram, GeForce4 Ti 4200) and I was playing Morrowind when suddenly the computer locked up. I had to restart using the button. Then I get an error message that a .dll is missing. I failed to note which .dll in particular (oops). Anyway, I had to reinstall XP. After a few fits and starts, it's back on, but I now have to choose at startup between Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Home Edition and the startup takes quite a bit longer.
Is XP thinking there are two partitions on the drive, each with an installation of XP Home? If so, how do I convince it otherwise? And, why are load times suddenly taking so long? And finally, can someone point me to a reference on how to use XP's repair function so next time this happens I don't have to do a reinstall? Thanks.
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