OK, sorry I am confusing u, will try to clarify from the start. Ready (taking a deep breath)
My monitor freaked out on me. Started getting jumping all over. Went to manufacturers website and their faqs said to up my refresh rate. I did this. I changed to 85 hz and then my monitor would not work. Jus kept saying unsupported rate on the screen in a little box like 2 inches square. So being the idiot i am, i tried to use my windows xp pro install disk to fix the problem. I stuck it in the cd drive and changed bios to boot from cd. It did and i went thru the normal routine with windows install disk, checking system hardware ladida and all that. Did not chose the recovery console because i am not proficient in DOS but instead said to install windows. It then searched and found a copy of windows on the hard drive and asked me if i wished to repair or do a fresh install. I chose repair and have done this on other machines and it usually just wipes out all the system files and replaces em with the standard ones from the cd. Which normally means lots of windows updates and an upgrade to service pack 2 for me.
But when the cd loaded the system files, the Driver.cab file failed to load and i just hit esc to skip it(done this b4 and just had to load the file from a working drive after the install and windows loaded to desk top). The system did an auto reboot after the files were loaded and it got to the wonderful windows xp screen with the Nightrider led in green on the bottom but failed and went to the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH. I got out my old drive that i removed at xmas with a good windows install on it and made it the boot drive. I copied most of the windows folder over to the failing drive(failed after about half hte folder but it helped) and set the fail drive as boot.
This got me to the point were the repair/upgrade continued. I dont know why it is saying upgrade because i chose the repair but leave it up to MS to try to make something more confusing. It went thru the continuing install and asked for the KEY to the OS which it accepted and on the next page it requests a Computer Name and an Administrative password. I gave it the same name as it had had before the problem and it will not accept any password to include leaving it blank. It gives me the error message :
Setup was unable to change the password for user account Administrator. Please enter the desired password again. and then an OK button.
(breaths normally again)
hope that explains it better