Hi, I restarted my comp and now it wont load windows, keeps turning on and off but wont stay off and I get the following message on a black screen: "Windows could 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 setup CD-Rom. Select 'r' at first screen to start repair." I do not have a setup disk as the OS is preinstalled on the system. Has anyone got any ideas as to what I can do to solve this problem. Many thanks in advance for any help Dax.
Have you tried tapping F11 during startup because some systems that come pre-installed without windows disc use a hidden partion on the hard drive and pressing F11 during startup will take you to that.
Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer. Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console. When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line: md tmp copy c:\windows\system32\config\system