I am about as technology challenged as my cat. I can do alot of things with my "heinz-57" computer, but when it comes to figuring out why things aren't working right, I'm at a loss. Somebody suggested that I might be able to go in to the registry---whoa!!!
That's a line I am afraid to cross!!! Anyway, my problem is one which doesn't occur consistently-making it hard as heck to pinpoint.
Sometimes I get the message " Windows cannot start because the file Windows\System32\Config\System file is missing or corrupt... and sometimes it boots right up. I have discovered that the original HD, which contains my master boot record, is sometimes 'not there'--and sometimes it is. Although I have tried using System Restore (it used to be my best friend), it will only go back a day or two-(until the last time that HD was 'gone'). I thought when I installed my 120G Maxtor HD that the contents of my drive was copied to my new drive???So are they both corrupt?
I have XP Pro w/ Service Pack 2 and when I tried using my installation disk it told me that the files on my computer couldn't be fixed by using those from the disk=or something like that.
I don't know where to start. My computer just keeps doing weirder and weirder stuff and running slower and slower. I run AVG Free and have not had any problems with any viruses and I have Microsofts AntiSpyware installed.
Could anyone PLEASE help me? Perhaps tell me where to start or what to look for.
I'm afraid it's going to crash at anytime, and I've put too much of myself into it--I know 'Back up your files' but it's not just the data and images,it's my time.
Thanks for letting me join in.