I'm going to see if I can find the Recovery Disk from DELL that came with the computer
That might be needed.
I agree: It is likely that the RC CD that you created is probably good.
At this time I think that you should consider the very real possibility that we are not going to recover your operating system. Do you have personal files on this computer that you wish to save. If so, it may be a good idea to recover them now.Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer
Backup your personal files to an external USB hard drive, or another hard drive of some sort, or CD/DVD.Note:
Files with the following extensions should not
be backed up:
The safest practice is not to backup any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), autorun (.ini) or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml ) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid backing up compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executable files inside them as some types of malware can penetrate and infect .exe files within compressed files too. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by adding and hiding its extension to the existing extension of file(s) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. Then make sure you scan the backed up data with your anti-virus prior to copying it back to your hard drive.
Again, do not back up any data with the following file extensions: exe, .scr, .ini, .htm, .html, .php, .asp, .xml, .zip, .rar, .cab as they may be infected.
Source: quietman7 http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1390964
When you have recovered any files that you wish to save we can then consider what you would like to do next. I would consider it a personal failure if I could not assist you to recover your operating system, but the decision is entirely yours as to whether we continue or not. You may have more pressing issues than this little challenge to occupy your time and energy. In the end, it may beat us anyway.
Let me know how you are getting on, or if you have any problems. Meantime, I will give the matter some more thought.Edit: On the other hand, if you are thinking you might want to press on with this issue you might consider downloading Hiren's BootCD, which will be much more useful than Ubuntu, and allow you access to the net and to recover your files as well. See post #16 by Elise.