Upon restart I got this:
windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:/windowa 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.
I followed the directions in the pinned file on this forum. I got as far as the second blue screen and the options were different. I did not have a repair selection. it did give me 2 partitions. I did not want to risk erasing anything the m computer shutdown.
It also seems that the computer is shutting down when it gets hot. usually after a minute or two. if i try starting up after it has cooled down, I get a little farther. is this normal? I have a Compaq Presario laptop
Please I beg you not to let me get so desparate I have to go to best buy and get a repair. They will wipe my harddrive and reinstall windows. Last time it took 3 months to get it back.