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#1 Old_Feller


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 02:58 AM

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing or corrupt error


Recently I've started working on an old Dell tower that's been in my storage for a long time. It has some old pictures and other files that I'd really like to recover, but it's not a matter of great importance. I replaced the power supply, turned it on and the first thing that happened is the error message above.


Instructions for using the recovery console seemed simple enough, so I ordered a disk with all versions of xp and proceeded. There is a sticker on top of the tower that indicates xp professional, so I've assumed that is what is installed on this computer.


I found helpful instructions on youtube   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVZe8YYkH4E&t=745s  and the Microsoft Knowledge Base Article ID: 307545   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545


But when I went into Recovery Console rather than a starting prompt with


"C:\Windows"  as in the instructions,


I have


"C:\>" as if windows is not present at all.  I tried the commands from the instructions anyway, they are not recognized.


So my questions are why would this happen and what should I do? But there is more, as I seem to have further complicated the matter. I found the FIXBOOT command and ran it. Now I am getting


"NTLDR is missing"

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#2 Allan


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:29 AM

When you get to the C: prompt in Recovery Console, type:


Dir (then press ENTER)


What do you see?

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