Corrupted system file error needs Windows XP Home Setup CD, my manufacturer provided none! What do I do??

The warranty was up this time last year. How can I go about obtaining an XP bootable CD that will repair C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM which is "missing or corrupt"??? Should I look into Microsoft or Dell (my manufacturer)? If all else fails, should I "obtain an illegal... show more The warranty was up this time last year. How can I go about obtaining an XP bootable CD that will repair
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
which is "missing or corrupt"???
Should I look into Microsoft or Dell (my manufacturer)? If all else fails, should I "obtain an illegal copy" in order to repair my legal operating system? I'd especially like all my files back if possible, some were very important!
Aaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhh...
(sorry, but Argh.)
Update: the file is c:\windows\system32\config\system
Update 2: why won't it enter it all? .....config\system
Update 3: why won't it enter it all? .....config\system
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