Malware Response Team member M0le walked me through everything and was a huge help. Things were going fairly smoothly until yesterday (Sept 7th) when IE8 froze and then when I tried to reboot I had a very difficult time of it. I'll refer you to my original thread to spare you reading about it twice. Perhaps the meat of the matter is the last 4-5 posts but you might want to read all of it.
I don't think I said this too clearly in the original thread but for several months, maybe more, I've been getting an "Error ! USB device failed to initialize !!!" on initialization but the boot would continue without a hiccup. In fact, to see it I really had to be looking.
All the things I've done to fix this are also listed in the original thread. Nornally I would follow a forum's rules and would use the Windows XP Recovery Console and other things listed in the "XP Boot Fixes" thread before posting but M0le didn't say anything about using it so I think I'll wait until I get the green light from someone.
Edited by RussellJB, 08 September 2010 - 08:03 PM.