WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM error

Microsoft Windows xp media center editio...
March 10, 2010 at 17:18:33
Specs: Windows XP
I get the follow error on startup:
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.

I've tried F12 and adjusted the boot sequence to start from the Reinstallation DVD but I get the same message. I've tried F2 and and adjusted the boot sequence to boot from the Reinstallation DVD but get the same message.

I've backed up all of my files but don't want to loose all of the software and settings installed on the computer. Is there a way the restore the corrupt file without a complete system restore? Thank you in advance for any suggestions!!!!
This is on a Dell laptop


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#1
March 10, 2010 at 17:41:34
"I've tried F12 and adjusted the boot sequence to start from the Reinstallation DVD but I get the same message"

When you reboot, do you see the prompt - "Press any key to boot fron CD...."? The system will not boot from the disc unless you press a key.

And once you get the system to boot from the disc & you press "R" to bring up the recovery console, what do you plan to do next?


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#2
March 10, 2010 at 17:45:12
"I've tried F12 and adjusted the boot sequence to start from the Reinstallation DVD but I get the same message"

When you reboot, do you see the prompt - "Press any key to boot fron CD...."? The system will not boot from the disc unless you press a key. ----- YES, I PRESS A KEY AND IT STARTS THE CYCLE AGAIN

And once you get the system to boot from the disc & you press "R" to bring up the recovery console, what do you plan to do next? ----- I CAN'T GET TO THAT POINT, ALTHOUGH I'M NOT SURE WHAT I WILL DO YET


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#3
March 10, 2010 at 17:54:46
Yes, it sounds like it failing to boot from the CD drive. Are you sure that the "Reinstallation DVD(?)" is bootable? Xp normally comes on a CD.

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#4
March 10, 2010 at 18:07:37
I believe the Re-installation DVD is supposed to be bootable but am not positive.

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