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#1 Stealth Assassin

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

hi there;

this is a link to the previous topic to give an overview of the situation: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic458670.html/page__st__30

my system started freezing randomly and after clearing some HDD space,i decided to restore the operating system to factory defaults while keeping files (acer eRecovery).

unfortunately i have the following:

file: \windows\system32\config\system
status: 0xc000000f
info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt.

i can access the computer using a modified version of linux, however: i do not have access to the windows operating system disks since windows 7 home premium came preinstalled (acer aspire x1301).

if i can help it i do not want to run a complete restore of the system.

many thanks for your help.

EDIT: sorry for posting this in the wrong forum orginally (my previous topic was moved to here)

Edited by Stealth Assassin, 07 July 2012 - 06:14 PM.


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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:15 AM

update:

my system is now completely unbootable: BIOS will not start the disk/operating system options. the only modifiaction i made was taking out the disk and dvd section (all cables were left in place) to see if there was another HDD port. the linux os i was running crashed before this. 

i tried removing the battery on the motherboard but this did not help.



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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:40 AM

FWIW: http://think-like-a-computer.com/2012/04/17/boot-bcd-0xc000000f-windows-7/

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-system/status-code-0xc000000f-windows-failed-to-load/871e081c-9c5c-4439-8cc1-89731851f217

IMO, appears likely to be hardware (hard drive) error, so I would start with running the appropriate diagnostic from the hard drive manufacturer's website.

Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html

If you cannot even get a BIOS screen...I would also replace the CMOS battery, since (IME) a weak battery can reult in seeming hardware errors.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:19 PM

ive replaced the battery and checked all the cables: the syetm boots and since reinstalling windows everything has been resolved. this was the first time i had heard of a bios faliure.


thank you very much and happy computing



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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:33 PM

<<...this was the first time i had heard of a bios faliure.>>

Well...until it happened to me...and I did extensive testing of everything but the CMOS battery...I didn't know either. When discussing effects of failing CMOS batteries...it seems that no one talks about the fact that false signals concerning system hardware can result.

Anyway, glad you resolved it...happy computing :).

Louis




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