I have just bought a second hand Dell Latitude note book which was running windows 2000 proffesional.
My problem is that I can not boot the system even in to safe mode, when first switched on a message shows saying that a system file is missing or corrupt and that I can try to repair said file by booting from installation Cd & pressing r at the first screen. Unfortunatly I do not have the windows 2000 installation Cd, is there another option to repair or replace this missing file.I have installed Xp onto the same machine but would really like to repair the 2000 installation. I also do not have a floppy drive attached to this laptop
The exact message reads.
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM\
you can attempt to repair this file bystarting windows useing the original set up CD-Rom.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
I hope this helps, however I've read elsewhere that Xp installation CD's can not be used to repair 2000 installations,
your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for helping. I think followed the instructions from the microsoft site correctly, but was informed that the file could not be found.What should I have typed in the line copysystem %systemroot%\system32\config I typed copy system C:winnt\system32\config
Can you give me intructions how to copy and replace the file manually
Ran the recovery console again, and found a new folder called repair in here was the file "system " which I copied over to the system 32 folder and rebooted everything now works fine.
Thanks for the help and you guys are great.