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I have a dell optiplex GS260. It comes on to the a black screen stating windows is unable to start properly, the options are to start in safe mode, with command prompt, last known working config + start normally. When I attempt any of these options it states error windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows/system32/config/system it also says you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM. I do not have the origional disc however I have used a copy which I burned as an ISO image file of windows xp with service pack 3 and also a copy of windows 7 home premium and none of these are working. I have attempted to boot the system from disc and that also does not work, please help

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Did you boot from disc by pressing F12 when you see the logo and select boot from CD? I would suggest you to enter system setup by pressing F2 and check which one is the option choose for your hard disk or HDD if it displays like that. Make sure it says single SATA or IDE disk. If you are not sure where to see, you may choose to restore the default setting of BIOS there. Then reboot. If the problem persists, you can plug the hard disk to another computer and backup the data. I don't see any restore to factory default option for this model. So you can format this hard disk on another machine after the backup and then reinstall the operating sytem using your disc. Try to boot with F12 and choose boot from CD then reinstall it from the scratch. Quicker than check all the details.
Here is a link where you can see which drivers to download from Dell's web site.

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