i had a corrupted windows xp on my dell laptop..used the reinstallation cd home edition service pack 2...all went through ok except when now it is trying to re-start but i keep getting the 'windows XP setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now" message..so then i press ok and it just repeats the cycle..i have tried all the other boot options but it always comes up with the same message...now i don't know what to do...please help
If it won't run in Safe Mode, it's likely screwed. You might try removing some accessory cards -- PCI wireless adapter or sound card for example but this probably isn't the issue. Have you added memory recently, if so remove the new piece.
If this were happening to me I'd just ahead and do the clean install. If you don't already, it's always a good idea to keep a backup of the c: drive by using tools such as Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.