My original post does not seem to be showing up so I am posting again... My computer appears to be having the same issue that many are having. We received the above error message and it says to use the CDs. Our computer was OEM and thus we did not get CDs, plus we cannot use the article, "How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting" due to the manufacturer installation. My husband has used all the options that come with F8. Safe mode and recovery mode are not helping because they can't get past the start up screen. I have two questions: 1) How can we fix this without the CDs? I am not even sure this is possible. 2) If we must have the CDs, then do you have any suggestions on the quickest/cheapest way to get the CDs? Thanks so much!