Thanks for the reply, the ip's should be set as dynamic. I have not changed any router settings. I have reset the ip on the other PC and it now seems to work but it did earlier but not for long. Can't understand why ipconfig is not recognised by the other one.
if still no good then its a repair install required.
Repair XP by install over the top of existing system
Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.
DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.
Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.
Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
thanks again Fruitbat, something is seriously wrong here. I ran malware software then rebooted and it now says it is Acquiring network address at 1.0Mbps so I won't hold my breath. Not sure what is the best option, Repair from the XP CD or use the clone backup.
What do you suggest as the easiest option.
Hi again, sorry for the delay. A good clean up with AV and Anti malware plus running scannow from the run box seems to have fixed it. One small problem that remains is the CMD prompt which is taking me to documents and settings when I would have expected the windows directory.
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