Not sure if this is the right place to look for answers, but I will try.
First off, I already tried the fixes offered by Microsoft in their website. My home pc crashed yesterday, figured out using my laptop that there was a file missing in the Windows Registry (c:\windows\...\security) something about hive (no clue what that is?).
Anyways I followed the Microsoft website instructions, and tried Recovery Option with Window XP installation disk, but still couldn't get the Windows XP to restart.
So I tried to reinstall Windows XP on a second harddrive and ran from their. It ok, but all my other files & programs seems to be associated with the first harddrive and is therefore not in use. So I will have to reload every software again (a very time consuming task...there goes my weekend).
I was thinking to simply copy all my important documents and files from my first harddrive into a portable harddrive (via USB) and then wipe my first harddrive clean and reinstall windows all over again. IF there are any IT experts out there, is there another way to get access to all my old files. Best solution is to find a way to fix the original registry (missing file, but since I have no backup, I am lost).