use these commands:
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\system
del C:\windows\system32\config\system /q
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system
The first command is not really necessary, but it keeps the original 'system' file (though it is now corrupt)
Originally Posted by JessesGirl
i think it might have something to do with me not actually having a windows xp install cd i have an emachines restore cd and i had to have my motherboard replaced a while back
"restore CD's" are often just XP CD's, but with a few things added by the manufacturer.
But if your restore CD is not like that, then yes, you'll need an XP CD.
A regular XP CD should give you the option to install Windows (enter), use the re recovery console (r), or quit (F3)
I found something else you can use: a bootable recovery console image
you will need to use a program like Nero or ImgBurn
(imgburn is free) to burn this image to a CD
Then you can boot from this recovery console CD, and use the commands above (in bold)