XP PRO Gone pear shaped have original disk but all options fail can't get to safe mode or a prompt to get even format & reload Is there a way of creating a boot disk from another PC to get access to the CD drive so that I can reinstall??? or whatever
Apologies if you've tried this, but if you go into your BIOS and set the boot disk priority so that the CD-ROM is first, and then put in the windows disk after saving the settings to CMOS, it should start to install when the PC reboots - it will appear as if it's doing a new installation.
At that point, you should select the reinstall option, and then at the next bit, select repair installation - that should replace the missing files.
If you can't boot from the CD-ROM after resetting the BIOS boot priority then it could be your BIOS has stopped recognising your CD drive...
In that case, you need to find why the system is not booting from the CD drive. Remember that normally on restarting with the CD in, you will egt a message "Press any key to boot from CD..."
If you're not getting that, then maybe your CD drive, or XP CD is faulty. If either of these is true, then you're not going to be able to proceed without fixing that problem.
DrScott suggests that the BIOS may not be recognising the CD Drive - is it? If it isn't then probably the drive is faulty, or a cable has become detached/loose/faulty, or your BIOS settings are corrupt.