Originally Answered: Windows XP Recovery. I deleted a net gear file I no longer use and now the computer doesn't boot.?
You will need to step back here a little bit.. Sorry...With out the original Windows that is registered there is no way to get any upgrades or security patches that are critical and that leaves you vulnerable. However, if you have the ability in the past to get the upgrades and security patches then you have a registration copy and you should be ok.
Lets start there first to find out.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information. Once you have that open you will see the Operating System and the Product Code. That is what is registered in your computer. You can notify Microsoft that you wish to reinstall or repair and have lost the Windows disk with that product code.. (I don't like MS and use Linux because of the nature of this culture) Ask if you may receive a copy. If the Product code begins with REM you will have to get it from Dell.
Now with that XP disk inserted let it try to install until it reaches a point where it ask "What would you like to do"? Repair?, Repair the MBR? By choosing the MBR first is simple and quick. Next;REPAIR, and what this is about is working toward fixing and repairing the files and folders as well any errors with files and the disk itself. This is ground up maintenance that won't solve your problem yet. Do NOT use Install.
Remove the disk and reboot and go to "My Computer" and RIGHT click on "C:\ Drive" and down to "Properties" when open you will see how much unused disk space is left (1/4 or MORE for max performance). Now look on top for the menu for "TOOLS" and open. These are the 3 most valuable tools that improve performance every time you use them. The last one is BACK UP. These all takes patients and may not fix your problem yet. After you run the Defragmentor until all the (Most) RED fragmented files are cleaned. Then Back it Up to another location (External Drive, CD's, etc.) You now have a fresh RESTORE POINT.
With files and folders error free and unfragmented you should not have a problem rebooting normal and continuing the maintenance programs as well as getting to the "Control Panel". Control Panel then the "Administrative Tools" and then "Computer Management" Icon. RIGHT click on the Icon and use "Sent To" Desktop. You now have the Computer Management Icon on your desk top. Open and check Device Manager and look at the errors.. RIGHT click on any Error and read what is in "Properties" to explain what or how to repair/replace your drivers. Often use search (Yahoo/Google) and enter the message as you see it will be a wealth of information from the links.
Sorry to get so long winded....From here you can repair/replace your missing drivers then go into the "Event Viewer" and begin to fix the Errors in Software , System, and one last thing. Doing the same when you open "Logs and Alerts and see the errors Right click and read properties then use search to find the answers. Most of this stuff you or I would never understand, but amazing when you put the message in the search engine there are a lot of people that do.
OK; Now you should be on your way to doing a lot of repair work that will fix your problem...And I could agree that this is for people who don't have a life.
Rocky; This can be fun if you like to fix problems and don't have to take it in all at once. Learning can be fun, but there is a measure of satisfaction if you can feel you can help some one else fix a problem. Knowing that software conflicts and fragmented as well as corrupt files are the most common problems with computing.
Good luck to you