Originally posted by MidwestComputer
didnt you post this on computerforums.org?
I can see razzing someone for cross-posting on multiple sub-forums of a single website but not for 2 completely different websites? The internet's a pretty big place, I'm sure there is room enough for his post on 2 different websites.
As for your problem, ask your friend how he installed XP Pro? Did he try a clean install or did he do an upgrade? You could also try using System File Checker
and see what comes up, you will need the XP disc for that however. Your friend more than likely had a botched install, not necessarily their fault, things happen. Ask him how he installed it and go from there.