Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?
Sounds like you might have a problem with the registry.
Win Xp is supposed to repair the registry on boot up.
>Windows could not start because the following file is
>missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32
>Please re-install a copy of the above file.
>This problem occures after the desktop has been turned
>for a while. Repeated boot attempts will get Windows
>started and everything runs fine. Running Pentium 4, 3,2
>GHz, mother board Intel D875PBZ.
>Does anyone understand this problem?