"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM"
It asked me to insert the original CD and attempt to repair.
Mine is a Compaq Desktop which came with XP pre-installed and 3 Quickrestore CDs (1-3)
When I insert these CDs, it warns that it will reinstall software on the machine as it was when it left the factory and that I would lose all data stored on the PC - I read more on this and looks like anything under "My Documents" would be gone.
Are there any avenues open for me? I have a laptop and so except for the data files, I dont mind reinstalling the stuff on the desktop.
I have tried all the modes in startup - such as safe mode, last know good config - nothing works.