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Im sure this may be a common thing. but this is agrivating the [bleep] out of me.


alright im at the library comp so i dont have much time.
Basically My comp was runnin fine till i turned it on and it said


"Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

then my stepdad tried to fix it and tried to instal windows 98 and the error loading operating system has happened.

My comp is pretty old (5-7 years) and im sure quite outdated. but i was wondering if there was something i could do to fix it and not have to waste money tryin to get other ppl to fix it for me or waste money gettin a expensive software or somethin. There is somethin on there that i can get to, when i hit the F5 -F8 Keys at start up, it goes to somethin called "BIOS UTILITY SYSTEM" but it doesnt have a "recovery" thing anywhere on there as im told the newer ones do. so i was wondering if there is somethin that can be done. i have 2 minutes left so Im just gonna stop now. any help would be greatly appreciated
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You will need an XP CD to fix it
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yeah it took me afew days to look for my origional one, but since ive had it for about 5-7 years, and moved about 3 times, it got lost somewhere. I tried my friend's XP professional, my stepdad tried Win 98 and win ME and nothing responds. i mean, u put anything in the cd drive thingy and it doesnt respond. just says "error loading operating system" with a black screen, u push any key and it restarts the comp to say the exact same thing. its an old computer anyway. im seriously considering just payin someone to fix it (cost between $60-$120) just wondering any alternative, but tks anyway.
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As long as you have a same version XP CD, possibly the product key, you need this set of floppy discs, which you load according to the instructions

http://support.micro...b;en-us;q307545
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thats the problem, i have no disk, no possible way of obtaining any such disk, and no money to purchase a new disk.
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Do you have XP Home?

Otherwise you can use your friends XP Pro
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