Tried to do a windows update. It failed. Had to reboot from the CD. Started the XP repair. Part way thru it couldn't find a file on the CD. I pressed continued and it froze. Tried to run the XP repair again and it couldn't find an operating system to repair. bootcfg or chkdsk wouldn't work from the console repair ... unrecoverable error. I was able to slave the hard drive on another computer. Couldn't see the slave drive in windows but could from the c: prompt. chkdsk worked fine ... no errors or bad sectors. Looks like the "documents and settings" directory is there and ok. Anyway to do a repair or is a fresh install in order? Thanks.