Hi all, I had a bad XP crash over the weekend. D*mned operating system went down, and I could not reboot even to Safe Mode. The situation continues! The machine tells me that my c:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupted... I have tried booting from MS Windows XP install disks. I can boot the CD, but the repair utility on the disk has not fixed the problem. I have booted to command prompt, as well, and tried manually fixing c:\windows\system32\config\system, as well as c:\....\config\sam, \config\security, \config\default, and config\software, from the copies in the Windows\repair folder. This method is as per the MS Knowledge Base article on the 'config\system corrupted' error message. No dice. Still, things are a *little* better than they were. Afer the above steps, I *was* able to boot from the hard drive to the HP restore software (HP is the OEM) on a hidden partition on the hard drive (f(10) while booting begins). That I couldn't do before I used the XP disk and made the manual changes. The restore took place, but even after that I could not boot my machine to safe mode. I still get the '\config\system file is missing or corrupted' message. I thought I would try the manual changes to \config\system, ...sam, ...security, ...software, and ...default one more time, now that I have done this HP system restore. Now, something has changed. At the command prompt, I attempt to copy these files to a temporary folder for backup, before replacing them with copies in \windows\repair. But the DOS shell tells me that these files can't be found! I know the files are there, though, because when I do a DIR command in \windows\system32\config I see them listed. I was able copy, and delete, these files the previous time I did the manual repair of these files. Now, I can't. So, what's going on? Any idea why I can see these files in the Recovery Console command prompt but cannot access them with the COPY command? Any thoughts on whether I'm close to the end, or is this another false-hope-raising, time-sink-creating development? Any ideas are much appreciated. Thanks.