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#1 ramsey76

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:51 PM

I have a problem with a 6 year old HP PC. The PC originally came with the windows ME operating system. I purchased a windows XP upgrade program a few years ago. Until recently I have not used the PC in over a year.

I want to access an old excel file.

I get the following error after boot


windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt.


I tried to access the file using the latest configuration with no luck.

I can not find the setup dissk or the upgrage disk

I would appreciate any helping in access my files.

Thanks

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 03:31 AM

Assuming you have a newer computer you can remove the hard drive from the old computer and install it in the newer computer as a slave drive.

You should then be able to access all files on the drive.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 08:09 AM

Depending on the file system of the old computer, you can access it from a DOS boot disk (if it's the FAT32 file system), or by using an NTFS reader, a live Linux distro, or a copy of Bart PE (I think that you can also do this from the Recovery Console - but it needs to be installed first).

How to tell which file system? If you boot with the DOS disk and it can't read the hard drive (C:), then it's most likely NTFS.
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 04:29 PM

There are 6 floopy boot disks that can be downloaded from the microsoft website (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994/). Those disks will allow you to get to the recovery console. from there follow the instructions from http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545 which is a fix for a corrupted registry. once that entire article is followed then you should have full access to everything on the computer.

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 09:06 PM

I had this problem and finally figured out a fix. Do you have a WinXp setup disk, i.e., can you boot to the WinXp setup from the CD (you can use the six floppies referred to above - same thing)? If so, choose the repair option and get to the c:\windows prompt on the screen. Then run CHKDSK /R. I did this, and following the run, the computer booted normally on restart. The key to this is getting access thru the setup CD.

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 01:12 PM

you will be lucky if the chkdsk command does the trick and if it does then the problem will probley come back. the chkdsk will try to repair the bad sectors on the hard drive and the error that you are getting has to do with the system file that is part of windows. the step that i had mentioned before with remove the system files and replace them with a copy of the new system files that are required to run windows.




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