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#1 Tazmaniac04020

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 06:43 PM

hello guys,
I woke up this morning to a no boot situation.

Windows says it has corrupted or missing files ie: windows\system32\config\system.

Not sure what to do?? I'm thinking I might want to buy a new HD and do another install and then recover my data?
Is this the easiest way??

Please help when available I realize you are all busy helping others.
Thanks in advance,
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Posted 30 August 2009 - 07:22 PM

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

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:45 PM

I'm thinking I might want to buy a new HD and do another install and then recover my data?
Is this the easiest way??


That is a good idea and it may well be the quickest and easiest way for you.

The Microsoft instructions that hamluis provided the link for, may appear somewhat daunting at first, but they are really not that difficult tp follow and perform, and will most likely result in the system booting successfully again (no guarantee though).

Entirely your choice as to what you do, but those are probably the "best" two options you have to consider.

Good luck.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 04:41 AM

When I got that message a while back I was able to use a rescue disk (boot disk) from the Fix-It-Utilities 9 disk to go in and use System Restore to restore my computer to a previous date and that fixed it like nothing had ever been wrong wtih the computer.

All I had to do was put in that disk, start the computer, and select use System Restore. It let me choose a restore point and in a very short amount of time, all was well.

I bought the disk for about 30 bucks at Walmart and it comes with a bunch of other utilities as well as one year of virus protection

Edited by Stang777, 31 August 2009 - 04:52 AM.


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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:16 AM

Those are good ideas, but there are other ideas I would try first.

The message is coming from Windows, so it is at least trying to boot.

That particular message would be the result of some file system corruption on the hard disk. Eliminate or repair possible file system corruption from a power failure, ungraceful shutdown or aborted restart.

Have any of these events occured?

You should first boot your PC into the XP Recovery Console using a bootable XP installation CD or a bootable CD with the XP Recovery Console on it.

You can make a bootable Recovery Console CD by downloading an ISO file and burning it to a CD.

The same XP Recovery Console commands can be run from the bootable Recovery Console CD.

The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:

xp_rec_con.iso

Download the ISO file from here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?ueyyzfymmig

Use this free and easy program to create your bootable CD:

http://www.imgburn.com/

It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on the computer that is working.

You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk. These adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it, you will have to reboot the system again.

When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:

Press any key to boot from CD...

The Windows Setup... will proceed.

Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.

Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:\WINDOWS)

You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).

You should be in the C:\WINDOWS folder. This is the same as the C:\WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.

RC allows basic file commands - copy, rename, replace, delete, cd, chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr, etc.

From the command prompt window run the chkdsk command on the drive where Windows is installed to try to repair any problems on the afflicted drive. Running chkdsk is fine to run even if it doesn't find any problems.

Assuming your boot drive is C, run the following command:

chkdsk C: /r

Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find. It may take a long time to complete or appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the HDD light is still flashing, it is doing something. Keep an eye on the percentage amount to be sure it is still making progress.

Remove the CD and type 'exit' to leave the RC and restart the computer.

You do not have to adjust the BIOS again to boot on the HDD since the CD will not be present.

Here is additional information about how to start Recovery Console:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Here is additional information about the Recovery Console commands you will be using:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

You can consider adding RC as a boot option to your system.

A good idea (now that you have had this experience) is to create a bootable XP installation CD with the latest Service Pack already installed.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 07:22 PM

thanks for the fast responses.
I myself am not sure still which way to go. I do like the idea of the fix-it-utilities though.
I do have a raid array on this system, does this hinder anything?? It is my 'c' drive?? should I delete that array or is it going to be alright??
When I do figure it out
I'll post it here as fixed.

I would like to thank you and this forum for all help requested.

Thanks ,
Taz

Edited by Tazmaniac04020, 31 August 2009 - 07:39 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:25 PM

The RAID array should not make any differnce. I also have a RAID array on my system and it did not hinder anything when I used the Fix-it disk. My RAID is set up so that two hard drives are mirrored, meaning what is done to one is done to the other. I do not know what your RAID setup is but I do not think it would matter what type of setup it is.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:51 PM

I do like the idea of the fix-it-utilities though.

Ah, they are indeed interesting subjects to play with and learn about, as well as being very useful to have "on-hand" when needed. I would encourage you to pursue this interest. In that regard, I will include links to what I have found to be the most interesting that I have "played" with ... and which will be of the most assistance in your current predicament. All can be used as "Live CD operating systems", meaning that they can be loaded from a CD into memory and run from memory only: There is no need to install another operating system on the hard drive to do the work.

BartPE
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

UBCD4Win
http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm

Hiren's Boot CD
http://www.hirensbootcd.net/

Ubuntu
http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ndows-computer/

Knoppix
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
http://www.shockfamily.net/cedric/knoppix/

Have fun!
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Re: "raid array"
Hopefully you know more than I do, if you are using this setup. You are on your own there!
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:00 PM

I have not really used many of the utilities on the Fix-It disk other than the internet optimizer as I have not had any need for them, but that rescue disk included in it proved to be invaluable to me. If you can find it in a store like Walmart, you can probably get it for less than you can online, but just in case you cannot, here is a link to the website for it...

http://www.avanquest.com/USA/software/fixi...essional-114420

Btw, it looks like there is a trial version on that website, not sure if it includes the rescue disk or not and you would need another computer to burn it to disk on. This is what it says about getting the rescue disk when you download the program...

Windows Rescue CD
Fix and restore your PC when your computer won’t boot with the included Windows rescue CD. If you are downloading Fix-It Utilities, you can create a Windows Rescue CD directly from the software.

I also do not know if the rescue disk from this will work any better than just using the Windows disk. I only used it because at the time, I did not have a Windows disk

Edited by Stang777, 31 August 2009 - 11:05 PM.





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