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#1 Charlie929

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:13 AM

I just recently downloaded the upgrade to SP3 from Windows and now this is the message I am getting:
"“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.

Select ‘r’ at the first screen to start repair.”

I can't reboot in any mode to be able to access the CD to run the set up disc. Why Why Why???
This was the securuty upgrade from Microsoft was it not? Whay would it have killed of the system. Things were ok (well sort of) prior to this. I had a b/u on an external drive but I can't access that either......AArrrggghhh!

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:24 AM

Can you get into the BIOS to set the CD drive as the first boot device to run the repair?
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#3 hamluis

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 12:29 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

I think I tried this once and I believe it worked, hard to remember.

If not, then I probably did a repair install of XP.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 02:16 PM

I can't get past the "Windows could not start" message. Even when I insert the CD and restart the computor I still can't get past that message to the set up area. Which side of it should I start kicking at this point?LOL

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:33 PM

You could try procedures at http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-Your-BIOS

This may enable you to change the boot options to use the XP CD.

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