following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM error.
i can get to setup [bios etc.]; i cannot get to the f10-recovery; i cannot get to a command prompt. all i get is the error message. i used a knoppix disk to get into the machine...i poked around and could find my files yadda yadda yadda. i a noob so im really green with a linux distro. if that tells you anything!
also...i went to "eddie maintenance" http://www.eddiemain...lp.html#general and got their boot disk...it has some neat utilities to fix the prob. but alas; i dont know jack squat about it...this is the first time i messed with one since last nite.
Used my spare machine to find help and found http://support.micro....com/?id=307545 ...but it says that this cannot be done on an oem installation.
the equip is a hp m1080n Med.Ctr. XP MCE 2002 [prior to mce 2005] factory install.
i do not have a disk; so i can't use the "r" method.
what's a guy to do???