Assuming it is a legal copy of XP, it should just boot off of the CD automatically if you have that option enable in your BIOS. If that doesn't work, you can download a program from Microsoft's website that will make boot disks for your particular version of XP.
No, SFC /scannow is a Windows command and will only work from within the GUI.
If you have the originai XP CD it will get you to the correct place.
1) Change your bios to boot to the CD
2) When it boots it will immediately recognize XP is installed and offer to take you to repair console. Bypass this option and tell it to continue to install.
3) Two screens later you will be given the option to do a Repair Install. Select this option by pressing "R" (or just hilight the option and press "Enter") and the system will do a repair install, overwriting and repairing damaged or missing system files.
4) Remember to change the boot order back when you are done.
No man, just do a repair install as described above. It will only fix the missing or damaged system files. If you follow the directions for the repair, your registry will be left (pretty much) alone and you will not have to reinstall programs.
Not all is lost!!Do You have two drives?partition or backup?
If you have other pc or hard drive handy ?SET windows up
on another hard drive transfere the file ,that way?
MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR DRIVE JUMPERS RIGHT
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS