\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing or corrupt error
Recently I've started working on an old Dell tower that's been in my storage for a long time. It has some old pictures and other files that I'd really like to recover, but it's not a matter of great importance. I replaced the power supply, turned it on and the first thing that happened is the error message above.
Instructions for using the recovery console seemed simple enough, so I ordered a disk with all versions of xp and proceeded. There is a sticker on top of the tower that indicates xp professional, so I've assumed that is what is installed on this computer.
I found helpful instructions on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVZe8YYkH4E&t=745s and the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article ID: 307545 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
But when I went into Recovery Console rather than a starting prompt with
"C:\Windows" as in the instructions,
"C:\>" as if windows is not present at all. I tried the commands from the instructions anyway, they are not recognized.
So my questions are why would this happen and what should I do? But there is more, as I seem to have further complicated the matter. I found the FIXBOOT command and ran it. Now I am getting
"NTLDR is missing"