I have done some research and have found the following guide by microsoft which should help me fix the issue
I have followed the guide but am not getting much luck, im in recovery console and am at the part where i have to type:
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
Problem being is that it wont let me copy the file "sam", just comes back with cannot copy sam
Really stuck what to do next, cant afford to format my hard drive
*I just Tried the repair function on the xp cd with no luck,it gets all the way thru copying the files but when it gets to the end "Saving Configuration" It then comes up with the message" Setup cannot set the required windows xp configuration information. This indicates and internal setup error" I only have the option to restart the laptop.*
Edited by Don B, 11 June 2007 - 12:29 PM.