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\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I recently installed Windows Xp on my laptop and I used to get the error message about ntoskrnl.exe being missing or corrupt but now I get the error message
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

I have read through several pages on the web including Microsoft's knowledge base page but when I try
"copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak"
from
"md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak"
it gives me an error saying "The system cannot find the file specified."

So what can i do? Can anyone offer me suggestions, or will I just have to reinstall Windows XP to no avail? I don't want to use Linux (not that's it's bad, I had trouble installing that too!)!

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Keep going?

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Keep going? Impossible!

In reply to: Keep going?

How can I "keep going" onto step two if I can't even get onto the GUI-part of the OS (namely, icons and windows)? My "safe mode" doesn't work, so it basically looks like I'm stuck.

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From your post it looks like...

In reply to: Keep going? Impossible!

You stopped when you hit an error saying "The system cannot find the file specified."

The real work occurs later in the following commands. If you stop on those errors or your Windows install is in some other directory then it should fail.
Bob

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