I tried to do a Repair Install of XP from the mfg supplied CD; it failed. I'm trying some other options now, I'm skeptical they will work.
The current status is that it's asking for a CD of XP SP2 to be put into the CD drive; I don't have one. If I start over, it tries to continue setup, so I'm stuck.
I think I have two options:
(1) Go buy a cd of Win XP SP2 & try to install it.
(2) Buy Windows 7 & install it.
There are two questions:
(1) If I do (1) (or (2)), how do I get it to "start over" rather than being stuck where it is now? How do I get it to not try to continue setup?
(2) If I do (1), can I save my programs? I have a portable hard drive with all my data, emails, etc., but I don't want to lose my programs if I can avoid it.
I understand that if I pick (2) Win 7, I will lose all my programs.