I need some help in starting up a computer with Windows XP Home edition installed which will not boot at all. I tried pressing F8 after the single beep to get it started into safe mode and I tried to get into the Bios by pressing F2 or delete to make it start from the original XP installation disk. I even created a bootable CD using nu2.nu/pebuilder. It always ends up with the following error: 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 set up CD-Rom. Select ‘r’ at the first screen to start repair How can I do this if I can’t get even into safe mode or into the Bios set up?
No I don't, it's my daughters computer. I don’t even get the following option when rebooting the computer: Press any key to boot from the CD-ROM or Press <Key> to Enter Setup Just a beep, then a flashing cursor followed by the error message.
I'm not clear whether you have actually tried booting up the computer with the XP CD already in the drive. If not, give it a go.
Another thought - you say that you've tried pressing F8 after the single beep. I usualy find that the best way of ensuring that you get into the boot options menu is to start tapping F8 regularly, about every half second, immediately after switching on.