My windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt.
I was downloading a Windows Media update to my Dell PC, and while the install program was updating the restore info, I got blue-screened, and it did a system dump, apparently filling up the entire 80 Gb disk.
I have tried booting from the Windows XP CD, but it will not boot. Cannot access the C drive at all, except that utilities like FDISK and Partition Magic can see the partition (NTFS) , and indicate that it is 100% utilized (no free space). The only way I can bring the system up is with a DOS or Win 98 diskette. I tried running WINNT.EXE from the XP CD, but it says it could not find space for a swap file. Any ideas out there? Thanks so much for any help