I'm a font fanatic who was silly enough to load too many fonts into my Windows\Fonts folder. When I realized my mistake, I decided to move all of the new fonts into a separate folder, burn everything onto a CD, and leave the original ones intact. I even used a list from another computer to ensure that I didn't remove any fonts that needed to be in the Windows/Fonts folder. As a "Plan B" strategy, I did a System Restore to a couple days earlier, then rebooted.
On reboot, ScanDisk ran automatically, although I don't know why. I received a message that the WIN\System\vgaoem.fon file was missing. I assume that this is a font file that allows my monitor to display properly. So, I tried to start in safe mode. I see the HP (This is an older HP Pavilion.) startup screen, and the WinXP screen, but after that, it's the ominous BSOD. Instead of the flashing bar cursor in the upper left corner, though, I do have the white arrow cursor.
I've tried repeatedly to boot from my WinXP disc, but to no avail. At one point I was able to get into BIOS, and tried "BOOTCFG/default" thinking that this would reset the boot directory to default settings, but it didn't help either.
I reformatted the hard drive just a couple of months ago, and everything is working properly as far as hardware goes. Just finished reloading all of my software, and updated some files recently that weren't backed up yet, so I'm unwilling to reformat again unless absolutely necessary. I REALLY don't want to lose any files.