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#1 Phxpcman


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:57 PM

Greetings, BC community!


I recently acquired a computer for free, and I am learning the art of pc repair.

(I am still in the beginning stages, as you may readily ascertain...)


It is a Dell XPS400, and it has (or had) a WinXP media center edition OS.


All that happens when I power it on is a message which says,


"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:



Then it says that I can attempt to repair the file using the original setup CD, which of course I do not have.


Any ideas?


Thanks in advance.

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#2 Andrew


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

The "WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" file is a critical part of the Windows registry. You may be able to recovery the system back to a bootable (but not entirely fixed) state by following the Recovery Console instructions in this Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545


Since you don't have the install CD, you will need to create a recovery console CD using ARCDC by Artellos (a blank CD and a CD burning on a working PC is needed.)

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