I receive the message "windows\system32\config\system" is missing or corrupt. A Repair install may correct this problem.
Using the original full XP Home CD, I can boot normally from the CD. The problem is, in the window where I should get the option to repair the install already on C, the repair option does not appear. It appears to me that it is not seeing the installation already on drive C.
However, if I click the Repair on the first screen, it does take me into the repair console and to C:\windows. From there, I can access the whole C drive and all folders and files on the computer. I have connected another drive as a slave to copy important data from C to D so I can do a clean install .. but there are a huge number of files to copy and in that environment, it will not copy folders.
Ideally, I would like to continue with the Repair install, but I don't think the install program is seeing the already installed system and that is what I think the problem is.
The HDD is showing OK in the BIOS, but if I boot with a floppy win98se startup disk, it tells me that no FAT32 disk was found. Fdisk shows me that there is a small 8 Meg unpartitioned segment at the start of the disk, and the rest of the 40 Gig HDD is a single partition formatted NTFS.
Seems like I'm missing something (probably simple) here, but I need help to see it. Any responses are welcomed!! Thanks ...