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#1 Tussel09

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:27 PM

"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 CDROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

Did anyone find a solution to this problem?

I have, or had, a laptop with a dead battery - meaning it could only be on if it was plugged into the wall. Me, being a cheapskate, refused to pay $100+ dollars for a universal laptop charger, so I browse the internet for a cheap one. Because of this, I had many problems keeping my computer on, if the cord somehow disconnected, my laptop would die in a matter of seconds. This happened frequently. After roughly 100 instant shutdowns, I try to fix the cord and what not, then turn my laptop back on - which is what I did everytime this problem would occur. Then I recieved the above error message.

I do beleive it was a shut down problem, and did not have anything to do with the device. Though, I have no idea how to fix this problem, I'm currently looking for another Installation CD, but I have began researching Floppies. Seems impossible without the former CD-Key, which I possess, but you also have to make the CD bootable from a reboot.

Does anyone know how this would be possible, or if the problem is already solved, maybe you could inform me.

Thanks

Edited by hamluis, 20 March 2011 - 07:58 AM.
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#2 Tussel09

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:30 PM

Here is the solution of this error problem :- http://www.completepcpedia.com/file_missing.html


I just now noticed the 'solution' posted on an older thread and I am about to try it. I think it just updated me, because I just registered for this site and logged in, and must've not noticed it haha.

Thanks again

Edited by hamluis, 20 March 2011 - 08:01 AM.


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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:32 PM

Ignore my last post, I am still having this problem..

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:10 AM

System manufacturer and model?

Do you have recovery/restore disks...or do you have a MS Genuine XP CD?

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

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:12 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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