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When I try to start this computer i get a black screen that said /windows/system32/config/system is missing or corrupt. I need it fixed but I don't have the startup disc or a way to get one. I was told I could buy one but I don't have the money at this time. Is there another way to fix this comp. I heard you can make your own disc with some downloadable file from some websight but I never found it. Is there a way to make my own disc or another way to fix this comp. It runs XP home edition and I need it fixed by tomorrow if possible. TY for your help.
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Hello akito2000 and welcome to geekstogo.

As for making your own disk and getting into a recovery console I do not pay attention how to help you there. Because most computer manufactures when asked with provide you with at least a OEM(Original Equipment Manufacture) copy of the disk. You may have to pay for it but most likely not the full amount.

As for repairing the problem. After you get into a recovery console. Follow the steps below. This is attempt to get you up and running again a way to attempt to repair your system.

One you could Follow MS KB http://support.micro...kb/307545/en-us

Which is a lot of steps.

Or you could follow this method Which I like because it takes the registry copies from your system restores which will cause less problems.

At the Windows XP Recovery Console command prompt (C:\WINDOWS>), perform the following steps:

1. Type the following command and press enter:
cd \

2. Type the following command and press enter:
cd system~1\_resto~1\
Note the underscore character after the backslash.
You may get a error here if you do post back and let us know

3. Type the following command and press enter:

4. Type the following command and press enter:
cd rp[x]
where x equals the restore point data directory number. Pick the last one listed
when you typed in dir another words the highest RP#

5. Type the following command and press enter:
cd snapshot

6. Then type in the following pressing enter after each and If queried whether to replace the file, press the Y key and press the Enter key.
copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy _registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy _registry_machine_secuirty c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy _registry_machine_default c:\windows\system32\config\default

7. Type exit and press enter. The system will restart
Remove the Windows XP CD from the drive as the system begins to restart
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