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Could you advise as to what version of Windows you have (Windows XP, 7, 8?)
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I have Windows Vista, the other part of the message on my screen is as follows
File; windows/system32/config/system Status Oxc000014c Info; windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt
So at this time you don't have access to any restore disks correct?
Unfortunately the only option to repair this would be with an OS or restore disk.
Let me see if I can locate one that you can download online..
I would imagine that your warranty/support has expired for this computer?
You could download Windows Vista OS here: http://download.cnet.com/Windows-Vista-Ultimate/3000-2098_4-10632461.html
Then burn it to disc, and boot from it.
Do you need instruction on how to create bootable discs?
Could I use a memory stick to download this from my laptop and then insert in my computor
Yes, that should be possible.
you just need to "burn" the image to the memory stick as bootable
You can use a program like ISO to USB for ths
I am a virtual novice could you send me some instruction on how to do this ?
Download both files.
Then you would run the ISO to USB.
It will ask you what file you want to "burn". Select the Windows Vista download. Then select the destination (your memory stick)
Make sure to select the "bootable" option.
Thank you I will try this and get back to you when I have tried for any further instructions.
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Trying to download the first of your suggestions but not sure which to do it says its an upgrade only
You can perform a repair with upgrade disc.
Just not a full installation.
I have followed your link to cnet.com for FREE Vista O/S download but have failed to make download instad am redirected to commercial purchase site,please advise