I have since re-installed XP home in a small partition on my primary drive and can see all my old files on my primary C drive
You are in a good position to be able to fix the "stuck in safe-mode" problem easily.
Using your "secondary" Windows installation ...
On the problematic system drive, find the boot.ini
file at the root of the drive.
with a text editor (such as Notepad).
At the end of one of the lines ... if you see the following switch or any part of it, delete the switch (do NOT alter anything else), save the file and close it.
Mode: Safe Mode
Switch: /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog /noguiboot
Now, with your XP installation CD inserted, boot the computer from the CD and continue ....
You said: "I hope I have offered the information clearly, please feel free to fuss if I did not"
So, here I am going to fuss: I am not sure what you were trying to do, either a "repair install
", or "fresh install" as you said.
If you wish to use the operating system along with your existing software programs again, as well as retain your existing files, you are going to have to do a "repair install".
If you are going to do a "fresh install" (and I take that to mean a "clean install'), then you should wipe the whole hard drive clean, and then partition and format and install XP. Doing this would delete all your files.
You said: "I still need to recover the original installation" and "see all my old files on my primary C drive"
From the above comments, I think that I can infer that you wish to retain and use the "old" operating system and all your files. In this case you must proceed with the "repair install
Edit: After a "repair install" you will then have to deal with the malware problem! You will also have to install Windows updates.
Edit2: Oh .... and WELCOME to BC !
Edited by AustrAlien, 30 September 2009 - 06:44 AM.