Windows Startup, corrupt file

Acer Aspire one aod250-1116 netbook
September 23, 2009 at 20:38:09
Specs: Windows XP
I was restarting windows and for some reason I got 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 CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

The problem is, the Netbooks have no cd-rom and I have no backups on usb. I've only had the computer for 3 months. What can I do? I can remove the hard drive and access the files there, but can I fix the problem tht way?

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September 23, 2009 at 21:01:38
Can you backup your files and do a reinstall from a recovery partition?

Seems likely your registry is corrupt.

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September 23, 2009 at 21:12:37
You could try getting an external USB CD drive.

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September 23, 2009 at 21:22:26
The USB cd rom would be no help since the computer didn't
come with a recovery cd.

I don't have a separate recovery partition on the hard drive.
Only one partition on which all my files reside.

Any other suggestions of what might work? Is there a way I
can get a new system driver and put in on the hard drive?
Right now I have a hard case I can put the hard drive in and
access all the files on another computer.

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September 24, 2009 at 00:18:50
Obviously you need to buy an external USB Optical Drive.. Worthwhile £30.00 investment!!

Then borrow any XP full version CD and Boot from CD to access to the Recovery Console, from the NT Command Line type:

CHKDSK /R [and press the enter key]

Option2 here:

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September 24, 2009 at 06:46:33
You should contact the Manufacturer for what option you have.
Warranty is good for one year.

Return the computer to get money back. Only buy a computer that you can restore to factory condition. OR learn what to do with that one.

ALSO, if your harddrive goes bad, you would have to get a new one. So how do you restore computer to factory new ?????

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