This morning, my son left me a note before leaving for school, saying his computer wouldn't boot. He was getting an error message stating, "Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt, file:\Windows\System32\config\system\". Andrew said he looked for the HP restore discs this morning, but couldn't find them (because I keep them in a safe place). He was apparently thinking of doing another complete wipe of the computer to fix the problem. After getting up this morning and reading his note, I took the restore discs, booted from them, got into safe mode, and did a system restore to a previous point (September 20), to not wipe out any data. Worked like a charm. Andrew is happy all his data is still there, and the computer now boots fine. I'm no computer expert by NO means, but I DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night have been listening to Leo Laporte for at least a decade, so I knew exactly what to try first before wiping a whole drive!
Now, if I could just get the driver conflict on MY computer to resolve in some fashion, I'd be just fine! Ever since I replaced the "Living Room Cam" with a wider-angle model, the PC has been sporatically blue screening and rebooting from time to time. The cause, according to Microsoft, is camera drivers. Both the cam in the living room and the computer room are higher-end Logitech models, but not the SAME model. The previous cam in the living room was an older high-end Logitech, and it never gave me the pains the new one is.
Maybe I need to try and consult Leo... if I can ever get off on a weekend to call in to his radio show when it's live!