I would be most grateful if anyone could provide some advice on my unfortunate situation...
I installed Spybot Search and Destroy this afternoon and used it to scan and remove some spyware/malware from my computer. Immediately afterwards, I used Ad-Aware (by Lavasoft) to do the same thing (as I had read that each may catch some things that the other does not). I have used Ad-Aware many times before with no problems, but this is the first time I have used Spybot S&D.
I then restarted my computer and this is where I ran into the problem.
I've tried starting in Safe Mode, starting regularly, and all the other start-up options available. However, each time, I get this message (on a black screen):
"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 setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair. "
Is there any other way to attempt a repair without having to use the original setup CD? I got my computer almost 3 years ago and I remember that it came with Windows XP already installed. I can't quite remember if a setup CD came with the system, but I can look for it if that's my only option.
Also, if I do try to repair using the original setup CD, does this mean I'll be reinstalling XP and will all my files and data that I had stored on my hard drive be erased?
Thanks in advance for any advice!