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Hi,

So my laptop, running Windows 2000, will no longer boot up. I get the following error:

"Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced startup options for Windows 2000, press F8.

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000 Setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to repair"

But if I try to start the computer and press 'r' while booting, I just get the above error.

if I press F8 while booting, I'm brought to the Windows 2000 Advanced Options Menu, where I can choose various boot options (Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/ Networking, etc). but, none of these work...I just get more errors, like:

"Windows 2000 could not start bcause the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

I would like to salvage the info on the hard drive, but if I can't I would settle for a fresh W2k install (I do have the W2k CD). can anyone help?
 

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you don't try to press R while booting
you press R at the first screen that tells you to press R

tx, but I don't understand - what screen are you talking about? I've tried 'r' at every screen I can get to, but it doesn't do anything.

edit, ok I think I need to do an inplace upgrade, but I can't seem to boot from CD.

instructions are:

1. Insert the Windows 2000 Setup CD into the CD-ROM drive, start the computer, and then press a key to start from the CD-ROM.

but when I click start the computer and press keys (any key?) I just get beeping noises and am brought back to the error message I got above
 

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do the repair install
ignore the first repair option and continue with install
when windows finds the previous installation
then do the repair
if you have installed sp's since you obtained your 2000 disk,it is probably the same as xp and you will have to slipstream the latest one into the disk to get the repair option
 

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do the repair install
ignore the first repair option and continue with install
when windows finds the previous installation
then do the repair
if you have installed sp's since you obtained your 2000 disk,it is probably the same as xp and you will have to slipstream the latest one into the disk to get the repair option
tx, how do I "slipstream" the latest one? I'm not getting the repair option
 
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