I am a computer novice and am not sure of all the technical specifications of my computer. I have a Dell computer with an XP operating system. After a multiple power outtage, when I tried to boot my computer, I got the message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
I searched online for repar suggestions and have not found one yet to help. I tried doing an inplace repair by booting from my original disk and selecting option #1 and pressing enter. Didn't work. Then I tried option #2, pressing r, and tried the series of copy, delete, repair commands and this did not work either. I received a message during the copy stage that a file could not be found for \windows\system32\config\system.
I am trying to accomplish this repair without losing any files as I no longer have the backup cds.
Can you help?