Windows XP corrupted

Microsoft Windows xp registry guide
August 1, 2009 at 15:37:56
Specs: Windows XP
Hi,

I'm having trouble booting up. And when I try and select last best known configuration for the boot up and select default settings or whatever it gives me this message:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\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."

If I try a regular bootup my computer will reboot as soon as I see the windows logo.

I tried using a Linux CD to boot up into Linux (thinking maybe I can copy whatever file I need through that) but it just ends up going to a black screen. I also tried the system recovery at first and I thought it was fine but when I rebooted afterward it never booted up to Windows and now I can't even do a system recovery either.

I don't have recovery discs (they are on one of the drives in my pc) and I don't have a Windows XP disc either, so I'm wondering if there is anyway I can fix this without getting an XP disc? Losing all my data is not a concern as I have backed it up prior to this, I would just like to get this thing up and running again. Also, my computer doesn't have a floppy drive.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.



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#1
August 1, 2009 at 15:50:01
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#2
August 1, 2009 at 15:56:09
I've seen that already, but it says not to do it if you have an OEM installed OS, and it also requires having a Windows CD or disk.

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