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My computer crashes at startup and says the following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system. Anyone know what this means or how to fix it? It wont let me start windows. I have booted from the XP CD to the recovery console but do not know what to do from there.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Well that means you're missing crucial system files. I've never used the recovery console, but I dont think that will help.

You either need to get a copy of the missing files, boot up onto a livecd and replace them, or boot up with your windows xp CD and do a "repair install". If you do decide to do a repair install, I highly recommend you backup your files (Boot up to a live CD and upload them to a site, or something...).
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Have u tried, Repair installtion, refer link for more details.

If Repair does'nt work.
Refer this M$ article: http://support.micro...kb;EN-US;307545
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