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WIN XP won't start

Hi, I was running an accounting program on WIN XP and it froze, so I chose to restart the machine without closing the program first, now, the OS won't boot and all I'm getting is a message after the welcome screen that says "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
I pressed 'r' but it will take back to the same message and the machine sounds like it is trying to start from the CD-ROM, I checked the BIOS and HDD is the first one on the list to boot, I also tried from the Advance Options menu the different options, Safe Mode, Last Good Known Configuration etc. but they all take me to the same message mentioned above.
I have the recovery CD, but reinstalling the OS that way will erase all the important data. Is there a way to reinstall the OS without loosing my files? Can You help me please, Thanks

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  • Dickk May 29, 2008

    System locked up so I tried to restart it and a sysconfig/setup message appeared. I do not have any of the program discs because this unit was given to me by my son who also does not have them.

    Should I talk to Toshiba first or should I just take it to the geek squad and let them figure it out?



    Dickk

  • mitike777 Feb 05, 2009

    i have a similar problem need to repair window xp, can i boot the cd from the OS or i have to boot from bios?

  • mitike777 Feb 05, 2009

    same problem

    ca i boot the cd from the PS or i have to boot it from bios

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You have to set the BIOS to boot from CD-ROM, so it should be the first one. Then from the installation screen you have to press r to try and repair your windows installation. This should work without losing your data.

Posted on May 15, 2008

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SOURCE: \windows\system32\config\system is missing or

boot to a operating syatem disc and the first repair option press r you will see a black screen and a prompt like c:\ ect ect ...

type chkdsk /r press enter

make sure to put a space between the k and /

when it finishes type fixboot and press enter

if that does not correct it you must do a operating system repair

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