Operating system is not loading

Hello,

I have Compaq machine with Windows XP Home edition as the operating system. Its working just fine until one day I downloaded and installed VPN software. After installing I clicked Finish to restart the PC. Since then I could only see a screen with COMPAQ on it and to the right most corner F10<setup>. I waited for 10 minutes to load Windows XP but the screen doesnot change, so hit f10 a blank screen appears with "setup" in the right corner and nothing. Please throw some light on my problem please, what could have gone wrong. Did the windows crash?

Please please help me,
Nubee
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CallandorCommented:
You may need to fix the boot sector or boot files.  If you can boot from the WinXP CD (you have this, right?), get into the recovery console and type FIXMBR, followed by FIXBOOT.
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nubeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks Callandor for the reply. The machine I am talking about is my Home PC and right now I am at work.
I think I have the WinXP CD. Can you please tell me how to get into recovery console? After inserting the XP disk do I have to hit f10 or something?
This will be the first time I will be playing with boot files. so please bear with my questions.

are you saying that the VPN software  messed up my boot files?
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CallandorCommented:
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nubeeAuthor Commented:
I am sorry but the link you sent me is pointing to the Windows XP Professional CD but I have Windows XP Home Edition CD. Is there a recovery console for Windows XP Home edition atall?
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CallandorCommented:
They both work the same way.
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nubeeAuthor Commented:
oh ok thank you, I will try that and let you know
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nubeeAuthor Commented:
I used the recovery cd that came with my PC and it worked. But its taking more than 2 to 3mins to load the operating system. before it used to happen as soon as the pc was switched on. Anyway, thanks a lot for your help.

Nubee
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