Others here can tel you more but I suspect this message is warning you of an impending hard drive problem.
If I were you I would, now, start backing up all of your important files you cannot afford to lose either onto another drive or onto CD/DVD, eg those photos, documents, videos and music that you cannot replace. If the hard disk goes, and you haven't backed them up, you could lose everything.
Also, dig out that XP Installation CD you should have so you can re-install XP onto a new drive if and when the time comes. If you don't have one because the computer came from a retailer or manufacturer with XP already installed, contact the supplier for the CD as soon as possible. Make sure you know the activation key for XP. It should be on the computer case, but if not, use a utility like Magic Jellybean to find it;
Backup all of your email settings and ISP settings, browser favorites or bookmarks, address book and email contacts.
Tell us more about your system. You didn't tell us anything about the setup. Make and manufacturer, whether XP was pre-installed, is this a dual hard drive in Raid format, (if so which Raid), etc.
Three days ago I started getting the following message at star up before I log on to my computer, before signing on:
Hard Drive configuration recovery.
This menu allows you to select a hardware profile.
If your system is not starting correctly, then you may switch to a previous system configuration, which may overcome stat up problems.
Important, system configuration changes made since the last successful start up will be discarded.
I just press enter on the keyboard on whatever, profile one or two the result is the same, then it goes on as normal as usual.
What is the cause although I did not change anything in the setting, and how can I get back to its normal setting