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I have a weird issue. I turned on my laptop in the morning today and I was shocked to see a \system32\config\system not found message - The OS on it (WindowsXP) would not boot.

So, I read a few guides on the internet, booted to the recovery console from a usb flash bootable, copied over system32\repair\system to config folder and viola windows comes to life.

However, it had all the drivers missing (audio/video). So, I installed drivermax, and used it import all my drivers that I have backed up on a diff drive. While drivermax was installing all drivers, it was taking way too long that usual - so I thought it would have frozen and I rebooted my laptop the hardway. (BIG MISTAKE!)

After reboot, I see another error message /system32/drivers/pci.sys is corrupt/notfound. So, I booted yet again into recovery console, copied over i386/pci.sy_ from original xp iso to drivers folder. I booted my laptop and there is a new error - /system32/drivers/pciide.sys is corrupt. This is where I am stuck, I tried replacing this file with a fresh copy from i386 folder - I still get the same message. What do I do now?

1) I cannot setup fresh windows on this laptop coz I have less than 1gig in all logical drives - so windows setup wont continue. 2) I cannot delete any of the folders from recover console, coz I cannot set AllowAllPaths to true :(

The only option that I can see is to buy a docking station, read the laptop harddrive, delete some content and try setup windows once again on it.

Your suggesions, please.

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Have you tried to get into 'Safe Mode'?

If you can, attempt to restore to a recent working restore point.

Try deleting your system restore points if attempting to recover to a previous restore point does not work. This should free enough space to attempt the reinstall.

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