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Windows could not start

My Dell Inspiron 1150 will not start up windows xp. I get the white bar at the bottom of the screen then after about 15-20 seconds I get this message, Windows could not start, files missing or corrupt, \windows\system32\config\system. Then on the next line, Original Setup CD-ROM to fix. select `r` at the first screen to start repair.
Well my Original Setup CD-ROM is cracked and can't be read by the CD drive on the laptop. Can I download or get another CD-ROM and would this be of any use. Windows XP was already on the Laptop so don't have a XP disc.

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  • mickpp Feb 21, 2008

    Thankyou tat4u for the reply. I have got a XP home disk from a friend and loaded it as requested. Windows is now working but in a limited state eg screen only has Medium 16bit colours no modem or sound and unable to change settings to improve Also windows keeps asking to Activate windows, but as this is my friends XP disk will it conflict with her XP on her computer. I have 30 day left to activate windows. I think the laptop needs Drivers, is this correct and how and where do I get them and install ?

    Regards and thanks ... Mickpp

  • mickpp Feb 26, 2008

    Many thanks tat4u, I have now got the drivers and the Dell 1150 laptop is working ok. The last problem is that windows keeps wanting to do activation, is it safe to do so as this is a loaned XP disk from a friend and I dont want to mess up her computer. I had to type in the product key code when installing XP. Your excellent advice would be most welcome, mickpp



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You can use any xp install fresh copy not sure you know someone who could lend you a copy for couple of hours

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    tat4u Feb 22, 2008

    there's nothing unusual there(no prob)

    goto select model/make of laptop until you get to the drivers,everything you require is drivers and install.(all free)

    about activation.....if you had to type the serial number of the disk you used then when it asks to activate go ahead and do it your'e aloud many installments of the same disk if you didnt have to input the serial you will be asked to input it to activate .if you dont have the serial you can use a hack program to activate by phone;more about this if you need to know,if you cant find one I have various ones for differrent platforms.cheers

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    tat4u Feb 26, 2008

    theres no problem to activate for you or your friend I install system disks many times on different computers



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