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\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing


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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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