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Can't run Windows XP Boot CD, BSOD error 0x6F


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#1 willcore

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:44 AM

My problem is a bit more in depth than just the title. First thing's first. I accidentally deleted, but didn't uninstall, a font called Arial BoldMT (True Type) from the fonts folder. My computer immediately shut down and upon restart I was presented with a lovely black screen displaying a missing/corrupt file error message pointing to \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.

So I restarted and tried to boot in safe mode/last known good config to no avail. Same error message. Kept telling me to use the setup disk and press r to repair. I was able to locate my XP disk and tried to boot to it to use the Repair option. Windows Setup began to load, loading all the stuff it needed at the bottom of the screen, displayed a "Setup is starting Windows" message, then BSOD'ed on me. It is a SESSION3_INITIALIZATION FAILED error with a STOP: 0x0000006F.

THINGS I'VE TRIED:
Slaved drive (which is viewable from another computer) and ran checkdisk with no problems
Downloaded and ran the manufacturer's diagnostic tool (found and corrected one bad sector, was clear on second pass)

So at this point, I'm still unable to get this thing up and running at all. I'm baffled about it all. The hard drive is a SATA drive, which I know can be a problem. My mobo is an older Intel (D915GAV) to be exact. I don't have a disk for that. The OS is XPSP3, but the disk is the original SP2 version. Any ideas?

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:54 AM

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 09 February 2011 - 11:07 AM

Unfortunately I never actually make it to the Welcome to Windows Setup screen so I can't access the recovery console. It BSOD's before I get to that stage.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 11:21 AM

You won't be opening Windows, you will be booting from the installation CD.


You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device and the hdd second. This too can be done without starting Windows.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 11:36 AM

Maybe I'm not explaining this correctly, let me try to clarify.

I am running the XP disk on boot. It boots to the disk without a problem. Goes to a blue screen with the words Windows Setup in the top right corner and a white bar at the bottom. As it is loading, along the bottom it goes through a few messages (if you need to load scsi raid drivers, press F6, if you want to use ASR, press F2, Setup is loading files...). Then it says at the bottom setup is now loading Windows or something and before it reaches the Windows Setup screen (http://www.getpcmemory.com/pics/windows_xp_installation_welcome.gif), it BSOD's with the 0x6F. So I cannot access the recovery console at all.

So here's a quick recap: Windows alone won't start at all regardless of what start-up option I use due to a missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. I boot to the disk and am unable to access the recovery console due to a 0x6F BSOD which happens before I reach the Setup options screen.

I apologize if I wasn't clear in my original message. I'm just losing my mind over here trying to get this thing to work. Thanks again.




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