My friend has brought her pc into work as it will not boot and has the error mesage that "windows will not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original cdrom. Select r at the first screen to start repair.
I have followed the instructions - but windows recovery console does not appear to work and looks difficult to use.i gather that I might be able to copy the file from the cd to the c drive but don't know the language to do this.
I have read a few other threads that appear to have similar problems but the common theme missing is that I never get an option to repair - only reinstall on my c drive and she has not backed up any of her documents, etc and would therefore lose them all.
I am doing the manual thing as the ofending pc will not boot and therefore the guided help can't work.
at step 5 when you start typing the pc tells me that a temporary file already exists and then after typing in the first long line and pressing enter I get the message that the system cannot find the file or directory specified.