First, the problem started this way. The computer was brought to me because it would dial up but would not open websites. I investigated and found that it would not resolve a host name. The DNS servers were correct and are functioning fine so the problem was on the computer. reinstalled TCP/IP and winsock, all of that stuff. didn't fix it. I noticed that McAfee was malfunctioning on it, and when I ran Trend Micro's sysclean package on it, the scan log showed that it malfunctioned as well. I removed the HD, and put it on another machine as a removable storage device and used that machine to scan it for viruses and spyware. It had a ton and cleaned them. I put it back in the original machine and tried again. Same problem. This time I installed a NIC so I could work more effectively on it. It would only get an IP address of 0.0.0.0 and when I tried an ipconfig /renew it came back saying it couldn't find the file. I did everything Microsoft's support site told me to do in this situation. I even removed the Mcafee Firewall. It then came back on one reboot showing no connections whatsoever in the network connections window. I again followed everything microsoft's support website told me to do. It said, after doing everything, that if that did not fix it, which it didn't, that I would need to run a repair install from the windows xp CD. I did this, and now in my degrading spiral of PC stability I am in the situation below.
It ran, then it rebooted and went through the part where it is trying to finish the installation. When it gets to "Initializing Windows" it crashes. It gives me a log of the fatal error, and then reboots, to do the exact same thing again. the error is posted below:
Setup could not register the OLE control C:\windows\system32\dssenh.dll because of the following error:
LoadLibrary returned error 1114(45a)
The digital signatures catalog E:\i386\nt5.cat could not be installed. The error code is fffffc06
The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc06 in the message file for syssetup.dll
The signature for windows xp home edition is invalid. The error code is fffffc06.
The system cannot find message text for message number 0xfffffc06
Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error the setup log should contain more information.
It reboots after you click ok and does the same thing again. I tried running the repair again and the same thing happened. I am using the owner's XP disk, which was used in the original installation. It appears to be genuine and without blemish and history says it worked before on this machine. I am loathe to try using my xp pro disk and running a repair because it would probably explode the world or somesuch. Any help would be appreciated. I've already spent hours searching the internet for help on this before I posted and came back horribly lacking, with such answers as simple as "Use a real windows disk." and "yep, WINS corruption, probably by a new virus" usually followed by intellectually derogatory comments with no real answer on how to solve the problem. A thousand thanks for any help.