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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Your trying to downgrade this means you have to use vista cd to format the hard driver, and after the laptop restart, load the Xp. Also sometimes this code comes if you donot use the original xp windows.
If you purchased your I6000 after 2005, then it still has the PC Restore option. For Dell system with Windows XP, your can restore your computer to factory settings by pressing CTRL+F11 when you see the page after the big DELL Logo. It's a BLACK SCREEN with a blue bar at the top and it has www.dell.com written in white. Usually this screen will show up in between the DELL Logo and Windows Logo.
without the windows xp installation cd there is not much you can do, but if you have it... you can do this.
REMEMBER: all this is considering you have a normal computer, with a normal system and your hardware is not damaged. Your problem is very generic and the information you are providing is very poor...
boot with that installation cd let windows xp installation start and when it prompts you to choose between installing or repairing by pressing "R" key, choose this second one and wait till the system shows you a black screen with some lines of white text on it.
you will be now able to write on that console DOS like... type this three commands and when the firsts two ask you, choose YES.
1. fixboot 2. fixmbr 3. chkdsk
the last one will check the hd and will tell you if you have problems in that hd... if it shows problems, after this, you should replace HD so...
after that just reboot your system and see if it works... TIP: BOOT UP WITHOUT ANY THING BUT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE, disconnect printers, scanners, any usb dispositive, just keyboard and mouse...