Well, as luck would have it, I picked up a virus and after cleaning my registry and so forth, XP Pro started up ok but the desktop screen and its submenus were all labeled in squares, circles, triangles and such==not english. Went to restore points and they were all wiped out so I put in the media 2005 install disk to “repair” the OS and tried fixboot and such with no joy. Then I started to reinstall off of media 2005 and when I got to start I clicked “r” for repair. Instead of repairing, the disk installed media 2005 fresh over my XP Pro–so, unless anyone knows better, my answer is either I have a defective install disk “or” windows media does not have a repair function–only an install function that is very misleadingly labeled—or something else went wrong.
Anyway, I am now installing media 2005 and will take a few days to install other programs and tweaks. - - - - And life goes on. //// Bobbo.