I've been having this issue for months now.. I wasn't just able to fix it earlier because I'm still waiting for the new Windows XP disk I ordered.
Ok a bit info:
Intel Core Duo
Windows XP Pro SP2
Okay so when I restart my computer I get this error after the POST message:
Windows Could Not Start Because the Following File Is Missing or Corrupt: \Winnt\System32\Config\System
I tried the solution microsoft said there but it all requires a Windows XP Install Disk which I don't have back those days.. I just got the CD the other day, hoping that it will solve this..
Ok so I decided that I'll just reformat and install a fresh XP on the Hard drive.. So the installation went fine and now my system is all new.. new OS.. fresh Hard Drive. But when I restarted it, boom the error showed up again.
So what could be the problem? Microsoft says it could be a registry problem, but I already did a fresh install (reformatted HDD) so that means the registry gets new again.
If someone could help me solve this it's gladly appreciated.