boot up /missing files

  zebedee141 20:30 12 Jan 2005

Help please.

could someone tell me why when I boot from cold I get a the following message.
'the following file is missing or corrupt (windows\system\config\system).
If I then reboot several times it will eventually fire up and work fine, some times I will have to enter safe mode then reboot without altering anything and all will be well until the next day when I have do it all again.
I have fitted a new disc, reloaded everything, I have deliberately left off the modem so that there is no internet probs.
I am completely flummoxed.

the computer is running xp proff, with service pack 2 (did the same before sp2)with the following setup.

AMD Athlon XP, 1666 MHz (6.25 x 267) 2000+
Motherboard Name ASRock K7VT2 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 SDR DIMM, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8366A Apollo KT266A
System Memory 256 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (12/10/02)
Video Adapter RADEON 7000 / RADEON VE Family (Microsoft Corporation) (64 MB)
Video Adapter RADEON 7000 / RADEON VE Family (Microsoft Corporation) (64 MB

  VoG II 20:37 12 Jan 2005
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:42 12 Jan 2005

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 line, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
md tmp

copy c:\windows\system32\config\system


delete c:\windows\system32\config\system

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.
Note This procedure assumes that Windows XP is installed to the C:\Windows folder. Make sure to change C:\Windows to the appropriate windows_folder if it is a different location.

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