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Corrupt Or Missing System32/config/system File


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#1 jruggiero

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 09:35 AM

Hi,

So today i booted my Dell Desktop (XPS 400) running Windows Xp Media Center.

I started the compy and then a black screen popped up saying corrupt or missing system32/config/system file.

then some steps

So, using my vast (not) computer knowledge, i inserted my OS installation disk that came w/ my compy.

I booted from disk and then waited for the Setup and then pressed r to launch the recovery console.

I'm pretty sure this is what im supposed to be doing.

But now i have a prompt saying

1:C:/Windows

Which Windows installation would you like to log onto?

I'm not sure what to type here.


Thanks,

John.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:09 AM

Do i press 1 and hit enter? or what.... someone help me.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:11 AM

That should work.
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:14 AM

ok, so i hit 1 and hit enter, it paused for a bit, and now i have a prompt saying C:/Windows>

now what...

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:16 AM

Hi,

So today i booted my Dell Desktop (XPS 400) running Windows Xp Media Center.

I started the compy and then a black screen popped up saying corrupt or missing system32/config/system file.

then some steps

So, using my vast (not) computer knowledge, i inserted my OS installation disk that came w/ my compy.

I booted from disk and then waited for the Setup and then pressed r to launch the recovery console.

I'm pretty sure this is what im supposed to be doing.

But now i have a prompt saying

1:C:/Windows

Which Windows installation would you like to log onto?

I'm not sure what to type here.


Thanks,

John.

You will need to enter the number 1 and then you will be at this symbol C;>
At that prompt, type chkdsk and that will scan your C drive and SHOULD fix your proble. If not, someone here will help you out that is more experienced than me.

#6 jruggiero

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:19 AM

typed in chkdsk and got some info saying the volume appears to be in good condition and was not checked.

use /p if you want to check the volume anyway

Tyep /p?

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:24 AM

chkdsk /r should be the one to try. This is the recover switch (/r).
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:26 AM

typed in chkdsk /r and it says its checking the volume, i'll post when it is finished.

Thanks Narco and Douglas so far.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:34 AM

One other possible fix...Read through it carefully...If unsure, download the guided help and let it do it for you...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:37 AM

how long is chkdsk /r supposed to take?

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:39 AM

It usually takes a while...Just let it run until it stops...Then type exit then enter to close the recovery console.
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:44 AM

so it'll be fixed? 100%?

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:53 AM

Possibly...If not you may have to do the other process described in the link provided earlier.
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:33 AM

ok so i was watching it do its chkdsk, it got to like 74 percent and then went back to saying 50% completed.... what happened?

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:55 AM

anyone?




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