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Can I repair corrupt or missing XP boot files with another XP CD???

Have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop.
On boot: "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

Owner has no recovery CD.

Can I use a regular MS Windows XP CD to boot to the Recovery Console and use the steps outlined here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
????  
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cfourkays
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InterservCommented:
You can use any Windows XP CD that has the same version Pro or Home as the installed version.  I am not sure if the version really matters, but I know that you can use any XP pro disk to use the recovery console to recover XP.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Hello cfourkays,

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm


How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

Regards,

PeteLong
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sk_raja_rajaCommented:
yes.you can do it...but before repairing run sfc /scannow and insert  any xp cd and this command will scan the system files and replace if corrupted from the cd..
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cfourkaysAuthor Commented:
Wow! You folks jumped in quick.

Just to make sure, the laptop, being a Dell, has an OEM XP installed on it and I don't have the Dell Recovery OS Disc.
 My XP CD is a regular store bought MS XP Home Upgrade. (Used on my personal machine)

Pete, I know how to do an XP installation/Repair. The problem doing that in this case would mean trying to activate the Dell XP when it's already on my machine.
I probably didn't explain that too well in my post.

Pete
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ywainbergCommented:
you could to it simply by starting a new installation until you reach the stage that prompt you to choose "fix current xp installation
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CR1SWELLCommented:
In command prompt the command: sfc /scannow works great if you can get into Windows.

A Retail/OEM copy of Windows XP/Pro will also help with missing or corrupt files that prevent bootup.

Also if you are just wanting to re-install XP see if the laptop has a recovery partition and run that during startup.. Usually one of the F-keys will get you going.
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cfourkaysAuthor Commented:
ywainberg, what you're suggesting is using the "R"  when you get to the final part of the setup.
As I said above, that works with the original CD since you will have to put the product code in. I don't have the original and that would be trying to activate one license on 2 PC's.

Criswell, No recovery portion on the HD.
I'm going ti try doing that long repair procedure with the retail CD I have.
I'll get back.

Pete
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igor-1965Commented:
Here is article from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 (How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting).

The idea is to boot up computer with Recovery Console (BartPE / Puppy Linux would work as well), remove everything under c:\windows\system32\config\ and copy everything from c:\windows\repair\system to c:\windows\system32\config\
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cfourkaysAuthor Commented:
Tried every fix and none woked. Even the monster fix from MS. Couldn't get past the first prompt.
Dell sent me an OS recovery disc.
Unusual that by supplying them with the owner's name and address, indicating that I was an outside tech, they sent me a confirmation email and DHL delivered the next day.
Wound up doing a full format and install.

Thanks to all who chipped in.

Pete
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanQ - glad you got there in the end :)
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