My laptop suddenly won't boot-up. It was OK, then gave me a black screen with message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by running Windows Setup using the original
Setup CD-ROM. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair."
I have the four disk set of Product Recovery CDs, but don't want to format and start over, if I don't have to.
Lenovo systems running OEM versions of windows XP
You need a Win XP installation disk in order to repair the corrupted files, and the recovery discs won't work in this capacity, nor any other original files on your C: drive to repair a missing or corrupted file.
The link below provides a comprehensive description of this scenario. Follow the instructions in the link if you dont want to reformat or Recover your system to factory settings .