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'corrupted' system.sav file preventing boot

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#1 BrandonToomey


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Posted 19 April 2005 - 12:33 PM

My Win2k system has started giving me an error that 'the file D:\winnt\system32\config\system.sav is missing or corrupted' when I try to boot. I never get to the desktop.

I've tried the Windows Installayion repair tool via booting from the CD, and it finishes doing its thing, but I still get the error.

Any idea on how I can fix this?

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#2 kd5eej


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Posted 20 April 2005 - 11:30 AM

system.sav is part of your registry, so it is pretty vital to your system, only thing i can say is copy system.sav from another computer and put it onto yours and hope it will boot enough to let you start backing up data and then do a re-install, because there are alot of settings and software specific settings in that file it isnt one you can just restore and go about your business.

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 12:20 PM

You say that you tried the repair tool. Did you do the following?

Use the Windows 2000 emergency repair process
1. Start the computer by using the Windows 2000 compact disc (CD-ROM).
2. At the Welcome to Setup menu, press R.
3. Press R to select the emergency repair process.
4. Press M to select Manual Repair.
5. Press ENTER to perform the selected tasks.
6. Follow the remaining instructions to repair the Windows 2000 installation

I don't think you can use another system.sav as they are specific to the computer that they are created on.

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 12:29 PM

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