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#1 My dilemma

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 12:57 PM

Good day.  I have a laptop with Windows XP Home.  When starting, I get a black screen with the following message:

 

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 Startup CD-ROM.

Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

 

I can't find the original Startup CD-ROM.  Is there another way to jumpstart this without going to the repair shop?



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 01:09 PM

FWIW:  That error typically indicates a damaged registry, see Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 .

 

See comments by Paul03 regarding his solution, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/205375/unable-to-use-recovery-console-bsod/ .

 

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 01:58 PM

Thanks Louis.  WOW  I may be in over my head.  I thought it might be a 'download files from the internet' to a flashdrive to jumpstart this thing.



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Posted 29 May 2015 - 02:12 PM

The post from Paul103 is out of date as Ubuntu can read and write to a NTFS file system out of the box. No add-on is needed and neither is all the instructions on mounting a disk. When you tap F8 at boot is there a option to use Last Know Good Configuration? Select that. If that does not work post back and I will post some instructions that are a little easier.






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