PC not starting and CD-rom drive not working

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Hello,
My PC, a Dell Vostro 1000 is running Windows XP. When I try to boot it up, it shows a black screen and
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup
using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

However, the cd-rom drive will not open. I tried the paper clip, and that's not working. Any suggestions?

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Dear Sir,

This problem that is actually being experienced can be fixed up by

using the Recovery Console. Please find the accurate instructions to

settle the matter below:

https://ccm.net/faq/5186-windows-xp-c-windows-system32-config-system-is-corrupt

Thank you.