When I got to XP setup, I hit enter to go to install windows, then hit f8 to agree to the terms. I got to the selecting partitioned drive space part, and tried deleting the existing partition with D, then L at the next confirmation screen. The message I got was that I could not delete that partitioned space, and was only left with the option to quit out.
Ever since then, I have been unable to boot back up into windows. I tried the CD again and pressed R for the Recovery Console this time, after reading around. The first option it gives me is to select which OS to log into, which is the only one I have, which is to press 1. I pressed 1, and it does nothing and hangs up. After trying these steps a couple more times and reaching the same results, I looked up "deleting a non-dos partition" but it assumes that you get past the first prompt in the Recovery Console.
I tried logging back in without the CD just to see what would happen, and it goes blank for a while, and then reaches the screen:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
saying that I can attempt to repair that file by using the CD and selecting "r" to enter the Recovery Console, which has already proven to hang up.
So basically where I'm at now, is I can't boot up and log in, and I can't use the CD to re-install windows, and I can't use the Recovery Console to repair or remove the existing partition. Am I completely effed? Should I just ragequit and chunk the hard drive out of the window and start over? I'm sorry I cannot be more detailed with my descriptions, as I had no way of documenting the screens as they appeared. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2. Basically if anyone has any suggestions at this point I'd appreciate it, otherwise I'm just going to set fire to this hard drive or something.
Edited by Jayfree, 24 May 2011 - 09:53 PM.