I have a dell 1521 with windows vista. Didn't like vista and install XP on it. Used it for a while, I believe got spyware in it, and will not start up. At the start up there is a black screen and nothing happens.
And sometimes at the stsrtup, I get a blue screen that says "stop:0000218 (registry file failure) the registry cannot load the file : \systemroot\system32\config\system"
I was going to format it with the vista cd I have but,
1. I lost the product key,
2. before doing that, I want to make sure, if I can save my files before the format.
Where does that leave me now?