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Windows. file missing or corrupt system32 config

Its says that i can attempt to repair the file by starting windows setup using the original Setup CD-ROM and select "R" on the first screen to start repair. I do not have an original setup cd rom. i purchase a downloadable copy as a system recovery but nothing happens. i get the same screen with error..

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Re: windows. file missing or corrupt system32 config

If you're running XP, boot to the XP cd, if available (if not, mail me and I can send you a dell XP disc)
Pass the first repair opportunity, press f8, then it should allow you to do a windows repair. Do that. You will keep all your files, but windows will be completely reloaded. Will need to get updates, but that's it.
Good luck

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