Ok so something has finally gone wrong with my system. It started out innocently enough. Failed install of Paint Shop Pro X. System became extremely unstable. Will not boot into windows unstable. Try to repair the XP install but no go because it will not take the administrator password.
Time for a reformat and fresh install, right? Alas, this is not to be. XP install starts to install and hits a problem with /i386/asms/6000/msft/windows/common/controls/CONTROL.MAN. All of the research I've done has lead to the conclusion that the CONTROL.MAN file on the XP install cd is corrupt. Evidently this seems to be a common problem with Windows XP sp2 cds. The only solution I've found is to copy the XP cd to a hard drive, recreate the CONTROL.MAN file and burn a new copy of the XP disc.
This is where I come to you fellow goodgers. Is there any special copy protection scheme on XP install discs or can I just copy the contents of the cd, modify the file and burn a new install disc?