dos commands to copy system32 files(winxp pro)

When I bring my C:\dir up all my files look as though they are there still but when I try to boot up it tells me that my C:\Windows\system32\system(I think lol) are corrupted or missing.Also to reboot run winxp pro and at first screen to type (r).I've already tried numerous thing's to no avail,would like to just reinstall windows,I dont have anything important I need to keep anyway.But it wont allow this either.Please help?.Although I have knowledge of pc thing's I dont know the dos commands to use,would luv to learn this but cant find where to lol.
Yes!! I am a blonde lol but dont have many "moments"
I eagerly await a reply.AmberZ
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LucFConnect With a Mentor EMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi amberz62,

I assume your message was:
 "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

If so, there's a lot more to it to get your system running again, please take a look here:

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting


DejunaiConnect With a Mentor Commented:

If you have a WindowsXP CD, try booting to it...
You may need to watch carefully as the machine boots...
To [PRESS ANY KEY] to boot from CD...

Once you have booted the CD the machine will offer to setup XP...
It may also offer to REPAIR it, ( don't repair the first time it offers ).
Instead, SETUP XP... It will then detect a previous version of XP
on the HardDrive. And offer again to REPAIR it...

This time follow the prompts to repair the install...
You shouldn't loose any data, but your basic windows settings,
will all be back to the Windows XP defaults.

LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Both solutions should work in this case, it's just a corrupted registry. Getting the backups back and then systemrestore to a moment just before this all corrupted will work (like my comment)
A repair installation will also fix the problem that keeps windows from booting.

amberz62Author Commented:
I am ever so sorry that I havent as of yet answered any advise posted but I have just last evening arrived back from holidays,Please accept my ignorance to the answers left and I will try to rectify this as soon as I've unpacked.
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