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How do i fix this without losing any data on my hard drive.

When I boot up my laptop i receive a dos screen "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

How do i repair this without losing data on my hard drive.

Thank you!
Gabe
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Boot to the windows xp cd and enter the recovery console in the recovery console try this
md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system
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Thank you, but this didn't work.

Boot to the windows xp cd and enter the recovery console in the recovery console try this
md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system
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Boot to the windows xp cd and skip the recovery console. When the second screen apear choose  "Repair"
Go with PUNKY's recommendation before anything else. Have done this a dozen times in a computer lab I maintain.
and just to be sure, test the disk - just to be sure about it's status - with :
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
Punky's suggestion worked to a point where XP Pro is starting and then I receive a system error
ISASS.exe. when I click ok the system shuts down. I had already tried JamieToner's suggestion with no success prior to trying Punky's suggestion.

Thank you!

Gabe
can be you need a fresh xp install..
If this is a hard drive problem (could well be) you may want to rescue your data before doing much more in the way of repairing. Hook the drive up to another system and get the data off of it, or boot your laptop with a live CD (e.g. Knoppix) and use an external drive or network drive/computer to store your data.
/RID
You might not want the isass.exe on system, it is dangerous spyware (if it is a case here). Format and clean install OS.
After you tried JamieToner's suggestion with no success, did you put back the original "system" file before you tried PUNKY's suggestion?
Thanks to everyone that contributed to my problem. I followed Punky's suggestion and it allowed windows to start. The system would show  ISASS.exe error message and not allow the OS to boot. I wipe the HD and installed a clean OS.


Thank you,

Gabe