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I don't have my model number with me. It is a ThinkPad,that I know for sure. My daughter had music downloaded on it, it is a used unit that I purchased 5 years ago. It is giving her the message: Windows 2000 could not start because the followinf file is missing or corrupt: WINNTSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM There has been no internet connection to this laptop -- so I'm not sure what has happened.

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It sounds like the registry hive may have outgrown its size limits. There are other possibilities, of course, but that seems most likely, considering the age of the OS.
First, try tapping F8 as it boots up to enter the advanced startup options menu. Choose Last Known Good Configuration and see if it will start. If that doesn't work, you may be able to rename the appropriate files. (See links below.)
If she has a Windows 2000 server based computer, see this article. If that doesn't mean anything to you, ignore that and read on.
See this article. And this tip.& this instruction.
Also Dave Patrick's advice here.
Hopefully you have the installation cds or floppies for the computer, or a recovery cd. Using them, you can boot the computer from the cd into the recovery console, which will allow you to repair the system files.
It would also be a good idea to run chkdsk.
If you don't have the media, we'll need the ThinkPad model number to see if they're available, or you'll have to find another windows 2000 set to borrow to repair the system.
Finally, please see this article to guide you in some needed maintenance that may prevent this from happening in the future.
If you need more explicit instructions, write back and we'll help you to sort it out...

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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