Windows System32 Config System Error

Microsoft Windows xp home edition sp2b
October 7, 2009 at 06:30:27
Specs: Windows XP
Went to use our computer, usually on standby, and received the following message:
Tried to reboot, tried to start from last confirmed configuration..yada...yada and nothing seems to work. Can't find the XP disc to run set-up again and worried about finding anyway bcuz I've read sometimes everything is lost. I know, back-up, back-up, but didn', where do I go from here?

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October 7, 2009 at 06:40:52
missing or corrupt : \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM, or
missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE, or
Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting

That is basically used to recover data, as it states.
You have to do a Repair install of XP, using XP CD.

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