It just got worse. i restarted and first it wouldent let me logon it would just say "A problem has prevented windows from checking your license ageement" then shut down. Then it said "Windows cannot load because the file 'Windows\system32\config\system' is missing or corrupt try using the repair consol on the origional xp cd to repair this problem" befor it would even get to the loading screen. So i tried the repair consol and it didnt work. So i had to reinstall windows but i couldent back up my stuff so i installed over it and i finally got it to turn on.... Now all i need is to get my start menu back... any ideas?