ok, so had a friends pc doing weird stuff, buggy as all hell, so i decide to do a repair install, i use his disk, and it throws an error, error code 426 the signature for windows xp home edition is invalid.
now the problem is that every time i reboot the system it tries to continue to reinstall.
i have tried changing the catroot2 folder to catrootold i am at a loss.
I believe the issue may have been because the existing xp was sp3 but the original disk was sp1.
i have also removed all hw and swapped out ram... help