I have win XP Pro SP2 latest release running on my machine. The specs for my machine are as follows: K7S5A mob, running Athlon XP @ 2100 with 512 MB DDR RAM. No issues so far until one day prior when I have lost access to my Sony DRU 500A DVD/CD-ROM. I searched on the net and found a solution to delete the "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" from specific registry keys in order to fix it. After doing this I lost access to my keyboard and mouse. The only feasible solution to me at the time was to do a Win XP Repair from the original WinXP Pro CD which I proceeded to do. While running the repair process from the original Win XP Pro CD I got the error "the file 'asms' on Win XP CD-ROM is needed'. I then searched the net and found a solution offered by Microsoft that asked for the "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" to be deleted again. See: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q311755
After doing this I lost (again) the access to my keyboard and mouse while the repair is in progress. Now when I reboot the machine I get the message "Setup is being restored" which takes me to the same 'asms' file missing error, but not having access to my keyboard or mouse I cannot get out of this repair loop to continue the repair process. So, I am stuck here until I can find a way to gain access to my keyboard and mouse. Therefore, I need serious advice on how I can set the WinXP repair process to start over again and restore my keyboard and mouse access so that I can continue the repair process to the end. It would appear to me that if I knew how to edit the WinXP registry somehow and tell it to start the repair process again that would allow me to continue. I own a copy of NTFSDOS Pro if that would be helpful and I know my way to navigate inside WinXP registry. Can one of you experts offer me a solution out of this mess? Thank you.