Check out the following MSKB article that applies for windows XP too:
Q239722 - "Error Message: Setup Cannot Load the Keyboard Layout File Kbdus.dll"
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
T. S. Eliot
Trying to access a crashed windows XP on a secondary disc, I tried the Recovery Console on C Drive in order to obtain System Restore on E drive, to be told that 'kbdus.dll could not be loaded - Shutdown or restart computer' Could anyone advise on this? Thanks in anticipation.