Windows could not start on a parallels desktop VM on a Mac (and I can't get windows repair to run)
I am running Parallels Desktop 6 on my Mac Book Pro. I have a windows xp vm that all of a sudden is giving me the following message upon start up:
windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom
select 'r' at the first screen to start repair
I have inserted the xp start up disk and get into the repair screen by hitting r. It comes up to the following prompt: (screen shot #1)
which windows installation would you like to log onto (to cancel, press ENTER):
It won't let me arrow up to highlight the 1 or let me type in a 1. If you notice in the screenshot, towards the bottom of the screen it says:
to select non-default keyboard layout press ENTER now (5)
I have tried hitting enter, return, alt-enter a number of combinations but I can't get a keyboard layout to come up that would then hopefully allow me to enter in the number of the windows installation I want. I googled this and it should allow me to select a layout. I have hooked up a PC USB keyboard to teh Mac in hopes of it working better with the VM but it behaves the same. I hit enter and then it cancels the repair and then blue screens with a registry error.
So I need some big time advice on what to try next? i have spent numerous hours researching this but haven't found anything that works. Any and all advice would be appreciated!