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


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#1 Calm down Dad

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 06:07 PM

Upon starting my computer Sunday morning the following message appeared on a black screen in white typeface:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

I attempted to repair this by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. I just keep getting looped back to: "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

Thanks for your input!

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#2 Allan

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 06:11 PM

Boot to the XP CD and select R (Recovery Console)

At the command prompt type:

ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.old
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config

Reboot

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:43 PM

Thank you for your help. We inserted the original Windows disc. got the machine to boot to the point of selecting repair. We saw an old dos screen with a command prompt. we typed in the line your ordered, got the following error: the command is not recognized. I am somewhat familiar with the old dos commands, so I tried "dir" just to see what was on the volume. It tells me there is no disc in the drive. I tried to change drives using the old dos commands, it finds no drives at all. We are at a blinking c: screen. The "Help" screen will display all of the various commands, including ren. We have thoroughly verified our spelling and spacing to no avail.

Any suggestions as to what to try next?

Thanks.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:01 PM

Upon further review,... reatartede the machine with the widows disc, got as far as the recovery console c: prompt. After typing the rename command, "Access Denied" which is a different response than last attempt.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:44 PM

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

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:25 AM

These steps are beyond my skill level. But, thanks for the input!

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:33 AM

Hello there, lets have a look for replacement registry hives first.

Download http://noahdfear.net/downloads/rst.sh to the USB drive
  • Insert the USB drive and CD in the Sick computer and boot the computer from the CD again
  • Press File
  • Expand mnt
  • Expand your USB (sdb1)
  • Confirm that you see rst.sh that you downloaded there
  • Press Tool at the top
  • Choose Open Terminal
  • Type bash rst.sh
  • Press Enter
  • After it has finished a report will be located at sdb1 named enum.log
  • Plug that USB back into the clean computer and open it
Please note: If you have an ethernet connection you can access the internet by way of xPUD (Firefox). You can perform all these steps on your sick computer. When you download the download will reside in the Download folder. It can be found under the File tab also. You can similarly access our thread by way of this OS too so you can send the logs that way.

Please also note - all text entries are case sensitive

Copy and paste the enum.log for my review

regards, Elise


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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:04 AM

Elise could be having a bad day? She forgot to post the bit about burning the CD that you need to boot your computer from. Please do the following and then continue with Elise's instructions ...

Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computer
  • Run GETxPUD.exe
  • A new folder will appear on the desktop.
  • Open the GETxPUD folder and click on get&burn.bat
  • The program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and when finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.
    Please be patient: This could take awhile.
  • Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.
Use this CD to boot the computer from.

Edited by AustrAlien, 19 January 2011 - 07:10 AM.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:30 AM

Thank you AustrAlien, I forgot indeed to include that part. :)

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:35 AM

These steps are beyond my skill level. But, thanks for the input!


Okay. Then you can simply boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option, which will begin a repair installation of XP. Successfully done, all apps and settings will remain intact. After booting into the OS you'll need to go to Windows Update and download and install all updates. Here's a detailed walk-through of a repair install: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/




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