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Continuous Problems, Please Help

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#1 nma13


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Posted 31 July 2006 - 12:48 PM

First I will tell what I can about my system.

Computer: Dell Inspiron 1150
Bios Version: Dell Computer Corp. A07, 6/5/2005
Physical Memory: 1,024.00 MB
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
Processor: 2.60 Ghz

Not sure what all else you would need, if need more information just let me know and i'll provide what I can.

Ok, I'll start from the beginning. I had major problems with the laptop and ended up having to restore the laptop, making it exactly how it was when I first turned it on. Everything was cool. Installed all my software and did all I needed to do to get back to where I was. After a couple of days of working good, I started receiving error messages at the login screen which read: "Windows - Registry Recovery: One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful." I would click "OK" and it would let me log in. but sometimes the desktop would look like the old windows style and not WIN XP. i could re-boot the machine and not get the message and log in and everything would be back fine. Until it finally stopped all together. I rebooted one time and would get nothing, it would get passed the WINDOWS XP startup screen, but would never get me to the log in screen. I tried in SafeMode with the same result. Got on a different machine to try to find fixes for the problem, and finally found a way around the problem. I backed up what i needed and proceeded to re-format and re-install Windows XP Professional. Everything seemed fine as before, proceeded as before. everything was good again. Everything worked fine for about a week, then I received the same message again. Found what i thought was a fix in microsofts knowledge base, something about programs not completely closing when shutting down. they had a program patch which i loaded and thought it worked. Went to boot up this morning and received the same message. did as before and clicked "ok" then rebooted the machine, and all of a sudden the machine was stuck in a continuous boot. It would start to boot and then re-boot, and then re-boot. after about 5 or 6 times of this happening if finally went further, but then gave me the message: "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.: Windows\system32\config\system" I am pulling my hairs out now and that's hard to do since i am bald. anyways, i searched around again and found a fix to get me back on using steps in microsofts article 307545 - How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting.
I am now back up and running after having to re-setup all my email setting in Outlook 2003, and having to re-register programs. Everything is going good now. I am hesitating though. I do not want to shut down the laptop because i don't want to have to do all this again. The problem might not come back, but it very well might. I usually shut down the laptop and take it to and from home and work everyday. I am afraid that the problem will happen again. Any suggestions is much appreciated. If there are any solutions to stopping this registry problem please help. Thanks in advance for all the help.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 01:34 PM

Backup the registry.

I recommend a freeware program named Erunt to make backup copies of the registry (with the ability to restore it should the need arise)

registry backup tool

Do you have an XP installation disk, a Dell Restore disk or neither?

If you have a Windows XP disk run Sfc /scannow

Start -> Run and type in

Then, in the black box that appears (DOS emulator), type

sfc /scannow

Make sure that you leave a space between the sfc and the /.

Windows will then check that all operating system files are in place and original.

If you do not have one contact support at Dell and get one. A restore disk or partition may be fine until you have to do something like the above.

Edited by Enthusiast, 31 July 2006 - 01:39 PM.

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