I just got this message this afternoon from my computer that had been working fine this morning.
I am running Windows XP SP3 on an older pentium 4 system. This is the exact message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: c:\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.
So, I got out my Setup CD-ROM and it asks me to hit any key to boot from the CD - which I did.
It then says that it is checking my current hardware configuration...(or something close to this.)
Then the computer restarts and I am back with the same problem again.
I tried to restart so that I could write down the exact "checking my current hardware configuration" line and got the CDBOOT: Memory Overflow Error.
Well, I am at a loss as to what to do next.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. And, as always, Thank you in advance!