hi! everybody may some one please help me i can't get 2 my boot device i get this msg. "windows could not start because the following file hs missing or corrupt : \windows\System32\config\system you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using original setup cd-rom. select 'r' at the first screen to start repair." i used 2 format my h-drive on this problem and re-install my back up.now i can't because i have project on my h-drive wich i dont want 2 loose any kind of help will be appreciated thank you and sorry 4 the long speech. help!!

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You will not lose anything by repairing your OS as advised, only if you format as you have in the past.

You could also do a full repair from your CD.

To Repair Windows XP from your XP CD…..

1. Re-start PC with XP CD in drive (Have your serial number handy)
2. As your PC starts press “F12” for boot menu (Or what your PC may ask for)
3. Scroll to and select “boot from CD.”
4. At prompt “Press any key to boot from CD” Press “Any key”
5. In the Windows XP Setup window, Press “Enter” to set up windows XP, (Don’t worry, this is a repair only, not a fresh install.)
6. At next window, Press “F8” to accept license agreement
7. Wait until windows displays your current version of XP and asks “To repair the selected windows XP installation press R”
8. Press “R”
9. Enter serial number when prompted.
10. Wait for files to be copied (PC will indicate 39 mins, it will take a lot less.)
11. When asked to adjust Regional language options, click “Next” as it is still set.
12. PC will re-boot.
13. If you have AVG Free, copy serial number to a file as you will lose it on repair. After repair a window will pop up asking how you want to treat AVG, Click repair and when prompted enter serial number.
14. Check to see if problem still exists.


thanks BOB what u said iv'e tried it already but i dont have repair option on my menu. its only C 4 prt-tion and ENTER to continue installation. can anybody out there help me. by the way m using XP sp2 thanx

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