LOL, I know it's not funny to you, but I liked the part about the sledgehammer...I understand that feeling
My first impression...you've done so much that I have no clue how to undo...that I would simply say...strart over.
I would delete every partition on the hard drive, write off whatever is installed if I had no backups (I keep backups)...and just take a second or two to figure out what I wanted to do and in what order.
You seem to be reactive when you should be planning before acting.
And...before I installed any sort of multi-boot, I would read up on the best way to do it, the order, etc.
Then I would do it, slowly, with ease, because I don't like mysteries on my systems when I'm trying to get them to function.
My best guess would be that your actions have somehow hosed various partitions, which is why I recommend treating them like trash.
But, I don't know.
In any case, there are lessons to be learned from this, I think.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103
I don't know if you've dealt with STOP errors before...but they are just technical ways of saying "I've had enough!" The procedures for troubleshooting are further proof of that.
I think you are way past the point of trying to repair a Windows install, you just need to write it off as a learning experience and start over.
By the time you tried to check the various things that are on the troubleshooting procedure, you could easily have just started with a clean slate, did all the right things (AV, malware defense, firewall, backups) and been ready for the next "oops".
Others will different opinions.
Edited by hamluis, 28 February 2008 - 08:20 PM.