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Hi all,

anybody tell me whats wrong with my friends system he has asked me to repair. operating system has been reinstalled and runs initially ok but after a day or so when trying to start it fails with the following error. "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system

i have tried replacing the hard drive but still get the same error, is this a virus in the bios or some other problem? any help and/or suggestions, fixes would be much apprieciated.

this is a basic pentium 4 system build by time computers

please feel free to contact me for futher info

many thanks

Big Dunc
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