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Cannot Boot Up - \windows\system32\config\system



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#1 high5five

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 07:54 AM

I cannot boot up and I get the following error:

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 cd-rom

Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

I have tried starting it using the last known configuration and safe mode and my computer will not boot up.

I have the original CD and can select 'r' for repair.

What do I type in the DOS-looking screen to repair

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#2 Allan

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 07:59 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 21 June 2011 - 08:01 AM

One of the easiest things to type in would be chkdsk C:/R which should check the disk and hopefully repair any damage that was done to system files/folders and possibly recover any bad blocks on the disk.

If it runs successfully, then it may actually allow you to boot back into Windows normally.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 08:09 AM

No, running checkdisk has nothing to do with the problem. The OP needs to replace the corrupt hive per my post above.

Edited by Allan, 21 June 2011 - 08:09 AM.


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Posted 21 June 2011 - 10:48 AM

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

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:44 PM

In the recover console I typed 1 for C:\Windows>

Then I typed:

C:\Windows>ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.old

This message appeared below:

The system cannot find the file or directory specified

I will try the link from Microsoft.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:51 PM

I assume you mean you typed: ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.old

If that's the case, and if you get that message, proceed with the second statement:

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:10 AM

Right in the recover console I typed 1 for C:\Windows>

It bring ups this prompt:

C:\Windows>

Then I typed:

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

This message appeared below:

The system cannot find the file or directory specified

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:29 AM

My computer cannot find the \windows\system32\config\system


In the recover console I typed 1 for C:\Windows>

It bring ups this prompt:

C:\Windows>

Then I typed and the message below appeared:

md tmp
A directory or file with this name already exists

copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
The system cannot find the file or directory specified

copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak


delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
No matching files were found

delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:46 AM

At this point I have no idea what you are doing or why. You already said your system can't find the original system hive. Okay. I suggested you just enter the second command (copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config). Did you try that?

If that doesn't work you'll have to do a repair install:

Boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option, allowing XP to install on top of itself. After completion you'll need to go to Windows Update and download & install all updates (except for hardware & driver related updates, which should never be downloaded from Windows Update - only from the OEM websites). Here is a clear tutorial on how to perform a repair install: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:52 PM

I used my Windows XP CD and did get the same screens in the link to come up.

Is there a way to fix this issue or at least to be able to move my files.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:53 PM

I'm sorry, I don't follow your last post.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:23 PM

I used my Windows XP CD and did get the same screens in the link to come up.

You were following the geeks2go instructions to perform a repair-installation, as per Allan's suggestion. Correct?

If you are seeing the screen image that you posted, then you have missed the opportunity to select REPAIR, to perform a repair-installation. You have gone too far. Do NOT proceed (or you will lose you data): Quit the setup and turn off your computer.

Is there a way to fix this issue or at least to be able to move my files.

The answer is YES to both questions.

Please let me know if you would like me to assist you further.
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