|"An explanation for the discs for XP is here:..."|
Okay, so you made the Recovery disks using the HP program. That's a good thing - many people never bother to do that then come here and ask what they can do when their system is no longer working.
I had thought maybe you had made copies of the OEM XP MCE CDs
"I thought that any XP Pro disc could do that on an XP Pro (which is kinda what MCE is) system."
Upgrade disks usually can't be used, at least not without losing what is already on the Windows partition.
If it had been a full version XP Pro CD if you installed Windows from scratch or ran a Repair Setup (see next) your MCE installation would have been gone in the first case, and may or may not be gone in the second case.
XP MCE is XP Pro with a few features most people don't use omitted, plus the major Media Center group of programs and a lot more multimedia support. It doesn't fit on one CD, and can only be restored on it's own from the 2 CD OEM MCE set.
"You know how u can boot up with your Windows disc and then you can choose to either Repair, Install...and something else, I can't remember right now...(sorry, bad headache). It has the blue screen and when u select Repair, it takes u to a DOS like screen where you can start a Repair."
When you boot with a Windows CD that's the first time you can choose to Repair Windows - it's called the Recovery Console - but it's only of limited use and a little daunting for someone who hasn't used it before.
Some brand name software installations have the Recovery Console built into thesoftware on the hard drive and you can access it by pressing (a) key(s) while booting, but when Windows isn't working properly that often doesn't work either.
You type the number of the Windows installation found then Enter .
Then you see
This I found out about only by trial and error:
If there are no asterisks ("stars"; the uppercase of 8 on the keyboard) beside .....Password: there is no password, just type Enter.
If there ARE asterisks beside ....Password, the password is the same one as used as for Administrator in Safe mode in Windows, the case of letters is important, then press Enter.
type: help (press Enter) to see a list of commands.
type: help (name of command) (Enter) , or (name of command) /? (Enter) to see how to use it, etc.
The commands that have the same name as some of the ones you use in cmd mode in Windows work differently than they do in Windows cmd mode.
You can only access certain folders on the partition Windows is on - you get "access denied" for other folders. You can access CDs in optical drives and USB drives but not floppy drives.
to exit the Recovery Console and reboot.
There is a second Repair choice, if the existing Windows installation has certain data still intact.
This often fixes problems and it doesn't delete the present contentsof the partition Windowsison - it takes less than an hour to run - if it doesn't fix enough, then you need to install Windows or install the HP software from scratch.
How to do an XP Repair Setup, step by step:
You will need a Windows CD of the same version as the one of your Windows installation, and the Product Key, preferably the one that was used to install it, but it can be one for the same version as the one of your Windows installation.
In most cases you get the Product Key from the official Microsoft sticker on your computer case, or from the official Microsoft sticker that came with your Windows CD if it has not been stuck to the case, or if you can't find that or don't have that, you can use a program to find the Product Key your Windows installation is presently using, BEFORE you run the Repair Setup (Repair install) - e.g. search for: keyfinder, by Jelly Bean whatever.