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Window xp will not start

I have a dell latitude d400, the dell logo loads up but then it go blank. it says windows could not start because the following file was missing or corrupt; /windows/ system32/config/system. but i don't have a disc drive to put a cd in to. how can i resolve this problem?

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  • nelly_walter Jan 14, 2009

    it didn't work still the same screen comes up

  • nelly_walter Jan 14, 2009

    its still the same, theres not a cd drive built in?

    it also say select r at the first screen to start repair if thats any help

  • nelly_walter Jan 14, 2009

    thanks for trying but its seems useless without a disc, can you sugest anything else?

  • nelly_walter Jan 14, 2009

    ok thanks for all your help, you've been a great..


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Please try rebooting the system and on start up press F8 to get to the start up menu. Select the option LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION and you may be able to save yourself a lot of trouble. 

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    Sean McGettigan Jan 14, 2009

    Ok don't give up hope. Reboot the system but this time write down the file name you are missing and start up the system from the start up menu but in SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING. If it allows you to connect you'll be able to search for the file and place it into its proper folder allowing you to run windows normally again.

    Might I also ask how it is that you don't have a CD drive?

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    Sean McGettigan Jan 14, 2009

    I believe that's about your only option at this point. Hopefully the windows files remained on the system after the original install because without those files I'm not sure how it could be done. Usually you're able to insert the WinXP disc and repair the installation.

    Go ahead and follow along with the repair process. If you see anything you believe to be too drastic like a formatting warning or something else of that nature that you believe would cause you to lose any information just do not proceed. Otherwise I would assume it is safe.

  • Sean McGettigan
    Sean McGettigan Jan 14, 2009

    Perhaps if you can get ahold of a disc and a portable drive you would be able to boot from the disc and definitely be able to repair/replace the missing file(s). 

  • Sean McGettigan
    Sean McGettigan Jan 14, 2009

    No problem. I've been in that situation before! 

    Best of luck to you!



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