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missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM


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#1 xoxo985

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:54 PM

I am getting an error message on my laptop saying Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
Im not sure if this was caused due to an improper shutdown or a virus. I would appreciate it if someone could help me with this.

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#2 Allan

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:58 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 17 May 2011 - 04:04 PM

The CD Rom drive doesn't work

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:10 PM

Well, you can either replace it or live with your system the way it is. It's up to you.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:17 PM

Isn't there another way to do this. I was told to try Hiren's Boot CD (http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/)by saving it to my USB but I'm not sure what to do with it. Can you help?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:18 PM

CD Drives are not expensive and they are easy to replace.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:25 PM

i cant afford to get it replaced rite now. is there another way you can help me or get someone else to help? appreciate it

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:41 PM

I have no idea if this works: http://tuts4tech.net/2009/07/14/creating-a-usb-bootable-xp-recovery-console/

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:45 PM

Thank you, I will try it and let you know :)

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:03 PM

I've got about 30 CD drives in the garage from thrown out PCs. I throw out the oldest ones every so often. Gotta be one laying around somewhere!

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