i restarted it and and the computer showed a blue screen saying it was checking the disk for incosistencies. after that 5 minute thing, it wouldnt boot correctly, and the screen came on saying that the file c:\windows\system32\config\system was corrupt or missing
i then fixed it by using the windows xp cd and and did the repair thing and replaced the system file with one from a previous restore point
it was ultimately like this
c:\system~1\_resto~1\rp44\snapshot> copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
it was then able to boot, but everything was still messed up - for example, the background is completely blank; the bookmarks, cookies, and other internet settings i had before are gone; i had to re-register many of my programs; certain saves and files are missing in the "user's" documents area
is there a way to restore everything to before the messup? ive tried replacing system32\config\system with ones from different restore points, but it all seems the same. ive looked in the system volume info folder snapshots and i also see software, security, sam, ntuser, ntuserclass, and lots of other stuff. will replacing these help me? any other ideas or ways to fix it?