We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent harware or software change might have caused this.

Start in safe mode.
Safe mode with networking.
Safe mode with command prompt.
Last known good configuration setting (most recent setting that worked). Start Windows normally.

No matter what option I choose, it comes back to the same screen. I put in the Windows XP cd and tried to repair, but all it does after that is:

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer:

And I get the C prompt...

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Phil

ok when you load the cd tell it to do a new windows installation and then later on it will ask you if you want to restore your previous windows installation you will have to hit R and that should work.

i did try that.

What happened is it went to the screen asking me to parition drive c:


does that happen before it asks me to install or repair the exisiting xp? i was scared to move beyond the partitioning part

it should ask you after and you should select a part that says use existing windows installation.