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I have lost my XP Setup Disc


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Bekkid

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Hi

I have just found your site and hope you can help.

I had trouble using my laptop slow and scroll pad not working properly. Last night I turned it off and today when I turned it on again it said

Windows could not start because of the following file is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

you can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original setup CD-ROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

.............Only trouble is I can't find the CD ROM !!!

Is there anyway I can do this without it or download it for free anywhere ??

Thanks
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First:
You can't download windows anywhere for free.
Second:
If you can borrow a Windows cd of the same type you have on your system...IE: Home or Pro then you can do the repair. The cd does not matter where it came from as long as it is a Genuine Microsoft Product.
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Thank you.

I didn't know that I could use anothe disc (same XP Home edition)

I thought that as I had the individual code number thingy (?)from the disc sleeve I could download it from somewhere. .... but looks like I won't have to now. Thanks

Bekki
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"I thought that as I had the individual code number thingy (?)"

What you are referring to is the Registration Number or the COA(Certificate Of authenticity) number.This is unique to the system
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If you can get a hold of someone else's disc, you can load up the recovery console and do a fixmbr to fix that error.

Let us know if you can get a disc. As stated before, Windows cannot simply be downloaded, legally that is.
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