|"how would I make sure the system file is there"|
First go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and ensure you are set to show
hidden files and folders.
Next follow the path from My Computer. So it's:
My Computer (C drive usually)
If you can't find "System" you have no registry so the repair is not possible. It would indicate a serious failure of some kind - possibly a bad hard disk.
One other thing you could do is type cmd.exe in the Run box. Next type chkdsk /f in the black box that arrives and hit Enter. This will do a quick disk check next time you start the computer, fixing any errors it finds.
You could also go to cmd.exe again but this time type sfc /scannow and hit Enter key. This checks the system files (as per response #1) and replaces any that are faulty.
What were the issues you were having that caused you to run the repair?
Have you already tried the simpler option of System Restore (back to a date before you hit trouble)?
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
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