One day I turned on my computer and instead of the regular Windows XP bootup screen showing up, I got an error message instead:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair the file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Selecct 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
I tried using the Windows XP CD and used the repair feature by typing "r." When I reach the directory \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG, I am not able to get into the folder "System" even though the "dir" command listed that there was a "System" folder.
Anyways, I tried to fix it by typing "fixboot" or something like that
(the purpose was to fix the boot sector). I did it within
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG, but it did not help. Later I tried restoring XP again with the XP CD but it said that it could not detect a previous version of any sort of OS. I tried troubleshooting it with instructions from the Microsoft site (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545
), but when I try to copy the files to a temporary folder, Window says "The system cannot find the file specified" Please, is there anyway to recover my data and not have to reformat my computer?
Is there anyway to go into the system prompt?