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Xp Boot problem

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#1 kmeyer71


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Posted 04 October 2009 - 04:04 PM

Please help me:

ok, fixed one problem and back to the original. A few days ago my friend killed the power breaker and did not know his computer was on. Since then it boots several times and then finally comes on. Last time he turned it on it would not boot up. It says

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.

I pulled the HD and connected it to my pc via USB adapter. I scanned the hard drive using Avast and found a few viruses in the system32 folder. They were removed. Now still have the "will not boot because missing or corrupt Windows\System32\Config\System"

I don't believe I can copy my system32 folder into his or replace core files in his sys32 from my pc because I think they are system specific unlike my explorer can be copied onto another pc that is missing explorer.....or can I?

Also I have the windows xp disc I bought at Office depot holographic full install cd but it does not have the same product code on it as his system does so do not believe I can use it and tell it to repair.... or can I?

Furthermore can not download and run some program on his unit because his unit is not booting.

I have nt regitry and password editor but have only used it on other systems to get around passwords never done more than that with it.

I am not opposed to buying one of those xp vista recovery cds that will boot any system garunteed to recove the operating system but who to trust and hate to spend $50 or $60 bucks to just fix one pc, if it will work over and over on other pcs great!! But who to trust??!!??

Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thank you

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 04 October 2009 - 04:56 PM

Worth reading, Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545.


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Posted 04 October 2009 - 06:17 PM

you will have to use Recovery Console to replace the file with an older one from the windows\repair folder. the disk you have should work but if not you can download the Recovery Console from Microsoft

hamluis' s link is the one you want to follow

Edited by caperdog, 04 October 2009 - 06:21 PM.

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 07:23 PM

When I see, that I start here.: (not everybody has a bootable XP installation CD) The message does not necessarily mean the file(s) are missing and is a common after power interruption problem.

Eliminate or repair possible file system corruption from a power failure,
ungraceful shutdown or aborted restart.

Have any of these events occurred?

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:


Download the ISO file from here:


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


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

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.

Edited by joseibarra, 04 October 2009 - 07:24 PM.

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