One more thing, the windows 7 partition still exists and there are still programs and files on there. I don't have a backup disk, I severely wish I did now.
Today I tried to install both xp and 7 on one hard drive on my parents computer. I put a second partition on the hard drive. Windows 7 was already on there and I finaly, after much trouble got xp on. After I got xp on, it only wanted to boot to xp. I didn't give the option to boot to windows seven. I tried to set the partition that has 7 on it as active, but that just seemed to mess things up so that I had to re-install xp. I really need some help. I saw some forums that say you should be able to install a certain program that can give the option to boot from 7 but I can't get it to run on the xp operating system. I can't even get Internet on it! There are no programs on the program list. The only way I was able to instal the program onto xp, was by dowloading the installer on another computer and putting it on the problematic system. I am really freaking out here. Please I need help very badly!
The system with the problems is an Acer Aspire 3400 (or something similar) It is just over a week old. It came standard with windows 7. It has 3 gb of ram and a 640gb hard drive. I dought that the computer itself is the problem, but who knows.
Please feel free to ask more about the problem as I seem to be a bit vague sometimes. Once again PLEASE HELP!!!!