Ok...here's the situation: I am getting the blue "STOP ERROR c000021a Session Manager Initialization terminated" screen after the XP load window appears. F8 does nothing. I AM able to boot up with the CD and go into Recovery Console. I've copied over the NTLDR and NTDETECT.com from a working XP Pro install. I've run CHKDSK. I've run FIXBOOT. I can't make a temp directory...it tells me access is denied. I don't have a partition I can use to do a parallel install. I have done (2) repair installs. I have data on that drive that I would like to recover if possible. Is there any other methods I can try? Would FIXMBR cause me to lose all my data? If possible, most of my data and programs are on my D: partition, I suppose I could delete C: and reinstall XP on that. Both partitions are dynamic. Is that going to cause problems? I've been at this for almost 2 days now.