One more thing, went on line and downloaded a bootdisk. The computer recognizes that I have a disk in but it won't open and do a self extract. It just tells me to remove the disk and hit enter to restart.
Ok, it's proven, I'm an idiot. I have an older Compaq Presario 5726 that has Win 98se on it. I pulled it out of the closet yesterday and decided to clean it up a bit and get it ready for use in an office in the near future. Computer was working fine but I decided to load XP on it. As it began it's installation process, it needed to shutdown, after it came back up it would not finish installing, it was not recognizing the cd. I tried several times and same thing over and over. Finally gave up. Well, after I shut the computer down and brought it back up it wanted to continue taking me to a screen asking if I wanted to continue installation or go back to Windows 98. I got tired of this and so I went in and changed the boot.ini. Rather than typing in the boot loader \winnt I put \c:\windows. Well, needless to say, my computer now goes to a screen asking me which operating system I want Windows (default) or Windows 98 . If I chose the one that says default, it takes me to a screen that says I have a disk configuration problem and if I chose the option of windows 98 it takes me to a screen saying I am missing/or have a corrupt file<windows root>\system32\hal.dll. This message was the message I got sick of seeing before I went and changed my boot.ini. How can I now get in and change the boot.ini? I can not even get to a prompt anymore to try and work it. The screens I have mentioned in this email are the only screens I get on this thing now. Self induced problem!!! If I can get back to the boot.ini I can fix it. I'll type it back the way it was.