I tried the steps from the Microsoft support link but I cannot, or it will not let me, get past the first line- copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak, I get a message saying it cannot be copied, does this mean a reformat and total re-installation, or have I missed something.
Missing system file error message-CHECK
XP CD(for recovery console)-CHECK
Support page link(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us)-CHECK
Ammended post-I carried on with the next line in sequence
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
but the same message comes up.I don't think I need to go any further.
It might be my hard drive is all screwy,but, any input would be muchly appreciated