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Laptop won't start up in Windows due to a missing or corrupt file

My Toshiba M600 laptop running XP, has suddenly come out with the message (after entering my bios password) "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: backslashWINDOWSbackslashSYSTEM32backslashCONFIGbackslashSYSTEM

then underneath this message it says "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".

Do you think it is a corrupt XP Version? Shall i re-install XP? I prefer not to have to do this, as would lose files, they are not partitioned - silly me. Shall i enter safe mode? How do you do this again? I forgoten.

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No all you have to do is follow its instructions and use the Windows XP cd and during startup boot to the cd and during installation choose the repair option.

This will not make you lose any files and then you will be able to get in and back to work or whatever it is for again.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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