Could this fix my laptop?

Emachines Netbook with intel atom proces...
August 24, 2011 at 10:48:42
Specs: Windows XP, n450 intel atom processor 1bg ram
OK, so when I switch it on, it says that windows\system32\config\system is corrupt or missing and to attempt repair press r. And it sometimes say ntoskrnl.exe is corrupt or missing (But i think reconnecting the keyboard/mouse pad fixes that. Is that correct?)

I haven't got a boot disc, or a cd rom drive, but I have got a hard drive caddy and I can access the files via that.

So what I want to know is, if I bought a (windows xp) boot disc and put that into my main laptop (windows 7-which has a cd rom drive) could I manually copy and replace corrupted files with "non-corrupted" ones so I can use my laptop again?

This has happened before, I copied the files from i386 (NTFS.SYS) but this system file that is corrupted isn't in i386 nor is ntoskrnl.exe.

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August 24, 2011 at 13:29:59
I think you can boot to the Windows 7 dvd and actually move files that way. I know you can't easily mount a Windows 7 install but I think you can access an xp install.

I would boot to a live linux or bartsPE cd before I moved anything.

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