Wow, I have really messed up now. I was trying to do a restore from and external hard drive and who knows what I did or how it happened.. but here is my best recap. I could see the .tib file and did a restore but I could not open any if the programs that I restore data from...it stated program not found. So I continued to work on the computer..checking email and making a few excel spread sheets etc..I thought that all was well (except for the restore) So I went to bed, left the computer on...the next morning I came to the office and found that for some reason, I guess the computer tried to reboot during the night but there was and error on the screen " reinstall windows root\system32\hal\dll." I can not even boot from the Acronis disk that I thought that I made. But can boot from Spotmau emergency disk and it says Window not found and the partition size is 6096 or some small number like that. I didn't write it down. But the system is Windows XP SP3 with 160 GB HHD 512 mem. I also tried to use Barts repair and it could not find windows either. Is there a way to repair this and restore the orginial partitions? Please help. I think I am drowning and over my head. I have never had these problem before have I lost me ........ Thanks in advance for your help.