I'm trying to do a Repair with XP Home. I start up from CD and press Enter, then F8, then R for Repair (not the Recovery Console).
I've been following the instructions at click here and Step 6 is the worrying one for me where it says "Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact."
I tried this once before but my applications and settings did not remain intact. So now I'm stuck in a loop because if I restart, the computer wants to continue with the setup. Should I carry on?