Originally Posted by Redeemed
I think I know what you are getting at now.
My copy of windows (the installation CD) is from 2001, when XP was first released. Thus it has no updates of any sort. It is as barebones basic a copy of XP Pro as you can get. Would that be why the recovery console didn't work?
You didn't get the "repair windows" option after booting from the cd? Is it a full install or upgrade cd?
Mine all have sp2 either slipstreamed or bought that way, so I can't really answer, but that sure could cause a bit of trouble if you don't have the recovery/repair option.