|The first thing you may want to do though is check your HDD, as this type of error can be related to a bad or failing HDD. Test your HDD with the free manufacturers hard drive utility available from the hard drive manufacturers website to make bootable floppies or CDs to thoroughly test your hard drive surface area, mechanics and electronics:|
- Seagate/Maxtor (Maxtor acquired by Seagate): Seatools.
- Western Digital: DataLifeguard.
- Fujitsu: Fujitsu Drive Test (FJDT).
- Hitachi/IBM: Hitachi Drive Fitness (HDFT).
- Samsung: (HUTIL).
- Toshiba (Fujitsu, Samsung or Hitachi utilities may work).
DELL systems - you can use the Dell Diagnostics to test your HDD too.
This error "Windows Can not start properlybecause the following file is missing or is corrupt \windows\system 32\config\system\" is caused by a corrupt part of the registry, in this case the System Hive.
If you can boot to the USB CD/DVD, and if you don't want to reinstall the OS, you can try a registry repair: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
I've done this registry repair several times with pretty good success on time consuming to reimage business workstations.
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