this is kind of a long story but i wanted to make sure i got all of the facts in there even if im not sure they are relevant
so i am running windows xp pro sp2. recently i was prompted to install windows media player 11 and tried to. when the install wizard came up, it told me i needed to install the windows genuine advantage tool before continuing. I am running a corporate edition and have been afraid to install the genuine advantage tool so I said 'no' figuring i would just stick with wmp 10. thinking i had cancelled the installation of wmp 11, I stopped worrying about it. the next time i opened a movie file (.avi) i was confronted with a message along the lines of "windows media player 11 cannot open the file until you install and run the windows geniune advantage tool." when this happened i was confused because i thought i had cancelled my wmp 11 installation. so again rather that install the win gen adv tool, i decided i would instead 'roll-back' wmp11 to wmp10 by going to control panel and removing it from my programs. once in the control panel, i went to the 'windows update' section and found the update i had installed that day. i uninstalled/removed it and a message came up saying uninstall/removal successful with an ok button to press. when i pressed the ok button however, the three or four applications i was running closed their windows and shutdown. when i restarted th e system, i got to the screen where i am given the options of starting windows in safe mode, last good config, or normal.......at this point i have tried all of these and none of them produce success. when i choose one a list of files streams up the screen and then the computer appears to restart and ends up back at the same screen. at this point i do not have the xp corporate disk. i have all of my files backed up to an external hd except for a couple of important documents i was working on when this happened. my goal is to somehow get those documents and hopefully get my computer running again.
sorry this was so long i just really wanted to get all the facts down. if anyone can help me or give me some options i would really appreciate it.