Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt file in this path: WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM
For this what you have to do is insert the Operating System CD and boot with it and goto repair windows.
hope this will helps you
Got this solution from a previous post but I have a question - how do I get into the repair window. I have a dell dimension 4400 and I have put the OS in the cd drive, the choices I have are del to resume and F12 to see boot menu. I cannot find where to go to do the repair. Any help?
Press f12 then choose boot to cd rom drive then press enter after that when youy get the message press any key to boot to cd keep pressing the spacebar you should get a message that says windows is loading files and when you get to the page that says install windows or repair choose the repair option
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Windows system 32 config file is part of the operating system and when this is missing or corrupted, you cannot boot up your computer. The only solution is to reinstall or repair your operating system. Good Luck.
This is supposed to be caused by some missing registry entries in your windows installation. Not exactly sure why this is happening. May be you have some important files that cannot be copied due to a damaged CD. Microsoft replaces the media for you so that you can try installing using the replacement. Click here for more details http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326246 You can also try to recover the PC using recovery console. To do it follow the steps below To complete part one, follow these steps:
Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer. Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
md tmp copy c:windowssystem32configsystem c:windows mpsystem.bak copy c:windowssystem32configsoftware c:windows mpsoftware.bak copy c:windowssystem32configsam c:windows mpsam.bak copy c:windowssystem32configsecurity c:windows mpsecurity.bak copy c:windowssystem32configdefault c:windows mpdefault.bak
The best thing to do is borrow a Win XP cd from a friend and do the following:
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just re installs the Windows files. This is great because when it works and you don't need to reinstall all your software. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe