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Windows fails to load

I have an older Emachines desktop (T5246) with windows vista as the operating system. One day I went to start up the computer and has a windows error recovery.  "Windows failed to load because system registry file is missing or corrput.  This computer did not come with a operating system disk or any backup disk for that matter.  Is this computer fixable or is it done for?  Is there a way to correct this problem without having to purchase a new operating system windows disk?
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What you can do is get a copy of some other Windows Vista disk. I've used OVL & OEM versions of different Vista DVDs to boot into the Setup menu. You have the welcome screen then "Install Now" but in the bottom Left Hand corner you'll see Repair this computer. It just boots into the repair menu and you can do a rollback or a startup repair from there.

Am working on a PC at the moment and doing it with a Vista Business OVL DVD - the PC is running Vista Home Premium.... My scenario however is that Vista's System Restore service has been out of action for some time it seems. Good luck! :)
Yeah if you cant boot to windows even in safemode you may be out of luck trying to get the operating sytem repaired without a windows disc. Unless there is a recovery partition that you can boot into. If your computer says press an f key to get to a boot menu do so, as this list may give you a recovery option which means there is a separate boot partition that has the recovery files.
I seen it say press f12 on dell computer, f10, and f11 on other computers to get to the boot menu, some computers in order to boot directly to the recovery partition you will press alt and while pressing a f... key.,
you can download your DVD from here  http://www.mydigitallife.info/64-bit-x64-windows-vista-official-direct-download-links/

what i do is run a ram and disk diag FIRST -  to be sure there is no hardware problem
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