\windows\system32\config|system

  Ant1 09:15 23 Jun 08
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"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt" \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM "You can attempt to repair .using Setup CD.......select "r" at first screen.

This gives you a few DOS commands, so I followed Microsoft Article ID 307545, entered commands in Part One and got rid of error message, but cannot boot in safe mode (or any other mode) to complete three other steps.

I have also tried chkdsk /r "one or more files is unrecoverable"

Any ideas.

  Ditch999 11:56 23 Jun 08

And your OS is???
Do you have your OS disk???
click here

  Ant1 16:21 23 Jun 08

Oops

XP SP3 - yes I do have the original OS CD, thanks for the screen prints, I will give it a go and report back.

Thanks

  Ant1 23:01 24 Jun 08

Thanks for your help, appears to have solved the problem, and far better advice than the local computer shop. Thanks again.

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