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Can't boot up Windows XP

by cjlivinlife / July 21, 2009 10:51 AM PDT

Start up the pc and just get a screen that says missing msconfig file. I tried to boot up in safe mode and tried all of the options there but can get past this error that I am missing msconfig file. I got the restore CD from dell and put it in the cd drive and booted up the pc but nothing happened. I am not sure if I just need to go get a new pc or this can be fixed??? Thanks for any help

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Can you get into the BIOS?
by Coryphaeus / July 21, 2009 12:32 PM PDT

If so, set the boot order to the optical drive first, then boot with the CD in the drive.

Since you told nothing about make and model, only you know how to enter the BIOS. Read the owner's manual for the proper key/s to press on first boot up to enter the BIOS.

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Cant boot up windows XP
by cjlivinlife / July 22, 2009 9:50 PM PDT

The error message is: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system

It is a dell dimension 2100 with a Celeron 1.1GHz, XP Home Edition PC purchased 11/28/2001

I am not sure how to get to the BIOS

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Bios entry...
by Willy / July 22, 2009 10:03 PM PDT

Read the manual or visit Dell's support website. Here is the link:

Review the above and find the keys that access bios area. I don't mention it as the bios has various keys from too many systems that vary, so please read. Once you're in the bios check the "boot order" and as earlier posted verify that the CD drive is the 1st device on the list. Save and exit out. Upon rebooting, it should see the XP CD and try your repairs, etc..

tada -----Willy Happy

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(NT) Hit DEL key to enter bios
by Willy / July 22, 2009 10:08 PM PDT
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2009 10:10 PM PDT
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by peataxer / July 27, 2009 7:27 PM PDT

Try to boot from CD, in BIOS choose first device to CD and pree sny key to start.

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Cant boot up windows XP
by cjlivinlife / July 28, 2009 12:12 AM PDT
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I tried everything that was suggested and to no avail. Could not boot up to the recovery disc. Tried the BIOS and it kept going back to the A floppy drive. I gave up and because the computer was a 2001 anyways I purchased a new computer. Thanks for the suggestions.

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