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C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt

Hi,

I got this error message yesterday and couldnt start the computer... so I used the recovery CD and this fixed the problem. My question is what is causing this error in the first place (i googled this but couldnt find an answer).

Also, my laptop is 5 years old and I am wondering if there are any signs that the hard drive could be dying? Is there a way to check if the hard drive has become corrupt is this what is causing the problem with the system32 file.

Windows XP sp3.

Thanks!

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