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Old 04-05-2004
b0bbette
 
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Default missing file windows\system32\config\system

please help,

i borrowed a friends laptop and now when windows xp tries to load it says missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system and to try to repair it. can anyone help me repair this? i have a windowsxp home disk and can get into the repair program, but i cant seem to fix the problem. Desperately need help....B0bbette
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Old 04-05-2004
Don
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by b0bbette
please help,

i borrowed a friends laptop and now when windows xp tries to load it says missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system and to try to repair it. can anyone help me repair this? i have a windowsxp home disk and can get into the repair program, but i cant seem to fix the problem. Desperately need help....B0bbette

this problem occurs when you try to update drivers in the computer..sometimes windows XP cannot update the driver and that corrupts system.ini file as it has a lot of bad entries..Due to this you will get this error mesage..No its not due to virus.its due to an attempt to change system.ini file

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

That means the System Registry Hive has become corrupted.

There are two ways to get back up and running. The easy way which doesn't always work, and then there is the hard way.

Easy Way --- Note that this doesn't always work.
When you are booting your system, press the F8 key during the start of the bootup sequence, meaning after it does the Power On Self Test.

Once you press the F8 key, you will be taken to a Menu. Select "Boot Using Last Known Good Configuration".

It will now attempt to load Windows XP using a past set of configuration files.

If that doesn't work, there is the next step....the hard way.

Hard Way
Boot your system with the Windows XP Install CD, let the system boot into the Setup. Once in the Setup, choose to run the Recovery Console.

You will now be presented with a screen similar to good old DOS.

First, we will recover the System Hive.

Now, type in the following commands with pressing Enter after each line.

md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system

Be very careful when you are typing in these commands, one wrong move, and you have, broken Windows XP.

Also, change the C in the commands to whatever your Windows XP drive letter is.

Attempt to boot the system, if it doesn't boot, get back into the Recovery Console and do the following commands.

md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\software C:\windows\tmp\software.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\software
copy C:\windows\repair\software C:\windows\system32\config\software
  #3  
Old 06-01-2004
Sam
 
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Default Same Prob

Hi i know this is an old post but hopefully someone will reply, i have the same problem with the same file but.. even when i enter the install disk and try to boot from it, it asks for the file before it enters the disks setup. So even if i lose all my data is there any way of just wiping the whole hard drive and starting from scratch?
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Old 06-03-2004
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Yo uhave to make sure it's booting from the cd first, go to your bios and change the boot order so that cd is before hard disk (or C
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Old 06-03-2004
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Thank you so much for this fix, it worked for me on Windows 2000 and saved my life!!!
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Old 06-04-2004
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Default Thanks

Thanks...worked for me.... Windows XP Professional
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Old 06-06-2004
huggs
 
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Don, you friggin' ROCK! Thanks for the fix. All I needed to do was replace the corrupt system.ini file, and she started up like a charm.

Thanks a bunch...
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