Why not get out your original XP and install from that? If lost, get another. Your creation of such from files on any HDD should result in a bum CD. There are some that can't bring themselves to install XP like it's been done for over a decade.
I can't explain why.
I have come here after 3 days of despair, trying out everything possible, googling and asking my friends. The story is long and maybe the details are significant to the solution.
It all began after I bought Monopoly from Steam. The game would crash in the roll dice screen and I found out my system did not meet the requirements. I had Windows XP Pro SP2 but it needed SP3. So I installed SP3 but the problem was not resolved.
I wanted to reinstall windows and tried to do that from my folders in my second hard drive. For some reason it started to copy some files needed for the installation and the first time it installed them on my third external drive. I dismounted it and then it did that on C. But it did not work. Then I decided to try and reinstall windows from a cd. I entered in Bios the correct priority and then a boot menu came up, Windows XP and Windows XP Setup. So I clicked setup. This was the first sign that something really strange is going on but I did not suspect. I thought I was booting from the cd rom, but in fact something else was booting! In the next setup screens I could not find any option to format and then install, so I tried to install anyway to see what happens. The result was two windows on C and malfunctioning.... Booted again from cd (or so I thought) and tried to delete C. But it would not because some files were needed for the set up!! I was very frustrated. In the end I found out that the cd I had burn had many errors and that I was supposed to write it on the slowest speed. I burnt a second cd and tried again. No success. Then I thought I would just restore an older image I had from my M disk. But the program could not identify the disks. I had done that manytimes but now I was not able to restore the image, probably because windows was messed up by the two installations. I tried to format C through cmd without success. And then I opened Partition Magic and formated C through it. But it gave some errors. Now the pc gives this message: NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
I googled some solutions but the problem is, I cant get the pc to boot from a cd.
I thought maybe I did not burn the cd correct so I burnt another from my netbook and the external cd-drive I thankfully have. But the pc gives this message: Searching for Boot Record from CD/DVD-0. Not found
Searching for Boot Record from IDE-0. O
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
Now I am thinking whether the bootable dvd was not burnt correctly from my netbook. In the past I had some problems with music cds burnt from this drive. But when I put it inside, I can see all files.
So I am at a loss. Any ideas and suggestions greately apreciated.