My XP pro computer has crashed hard. I was getting a message on boot saying my \windows\system32\config\system file was corrupt or missing. I tried booting from the XP cd to do a repair, but the repair option doesn't show up as an option - the only option that shows up is to do a clean install. I tried replacing the boot files from the \windows\repair directory using the recovery console after booting from the CD, but those files just cause XP to hang at the welcome screen. First, is there anything else I can do to repair this install? If not, does anyone know how I can use the recovery console to save the email I have stored in outlook express before doing a clean install? There's some email that I really, really don't want to lose. Any help here on Christmas day would be greatly appreciated!