I'm sorry that this may be a little long winded.
I had a situation where my computer told me "corrupt or missing windows\system32\config\system" file.
I managed to get it to boot up by overwriting the windows\repair\config\system file over it after having removed my drive and plugged it into another computer.
The problems now are varied - if I go into 'help and support' then tools and do a network diagnostic, it tells me that I have WMI problem in all areas. If I go into 'my computer information' there is nothing there - no memory no hard disk etc.
I cannot connect to the internet but can access my sons computer via the network.
At first I tried to load windows over itself through windows and it gave a message that the disk I was trying to load was an older version (this is my setup disk). I uninstalled service pack 2 and rebooted expecting this to solve the problem - it didn't. I tried to load sp2 on again and it refuses to install it after going through most of the install procedure.
When I try to boot off my xp disk, it asks for the sata drivers (f6) and accepts them and then tells me that it will support these drivers but then tells me that windows cannot find any mass storage device.
I am trying to get a later copy of xp with sp2 included to see whether I can load windows over itself through windows but could do with all the advice I can get.
Any suggestions other than a truck load of Valium?
Thanks in advance,