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#1 dlemi

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:42 PM

hello.
I found my laptop, acer aspire 5735z running vista, not sure the service pack, frozen on a black screen this morning. I tried rebooting and got the same result. I think mcafee updated last night which made it try to restart.
I tried running in safe mode but got a blue screen error: c0000218 {registry file failure) \systemroot\system32\config\security .
I then tried startup repair and it didn't find any problems.
System restore wasn't able to restore.
Memory diagnostic tool didn't find any errors.
Command prompt works.
I appreciate any help.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:13 AM

No such luck on the last good configuration.. Also, no dvd but there is a boot partition X:\ with a windows recovery environment in a folder named sources. It just goes back to the main system recovery menu.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 10:03 AM

Worth a look:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-system/windowssystem32configsystem-file-missing-or/7e419b32-39b4-4f13-aad7-4bb34b42d587

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=143457

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