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Bootup Problem

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#1 AerialDose33


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Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:38 PM

When I turn on the computer, it 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."

Now, I know already that this requires either the Recovery Console or the original XP CD. I'm going with the latter, the XP CD. So I put the CD in and when the Dell screen comes up, I tapped F12 for the boot menu. It still went back to that first error screen. I tried F8 (safe mode), F2 (BIOS menu), and even "r", nothing works. I tried boot CDs, none work.

What should I do? :-|
I would be very appreciative if someone could help me with this.

Thank you in advance.

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#2 Sneakycyber


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Posted 19 April 2009 - 05:49 PM

You need to go into the bios menu and change the boot order so that the first boot device is your Cd/DVD rom drive. So it will boot from the CD and not your HDD.
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