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Windows Can't Start.


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#1 maraud3r

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 11:58 AM

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 setup cd-rom select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.


It happened when my computer froze and i had to pull the power cord off.
And I get this message when i turn on my computer.

help?, thanks.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:01 PM

Do you have the Windows XP installation disk that might have come with your computer?

Or do you have a manufacturer's Restore disk?

Or does your computer have a Restore partition hidden on the hard drive and accessable before Windows starts?

What model/make computer is this?

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:06 PM

Do you have the Windows XP installation disk that might have come with your computer?

Or do you have a manufacturer's Restore disk?

Or does your computer have a Restore partition hidden on the hard drive and accessable before Windows starts?

What model/make computer is this?


This computer was Windows ME before I upgraded it to Windows XP. Yes I have the disk. (I bought windows xp so it didn't come with the computer)

Manufacturer's Restore disk? umm I don't remember

Restore partition hidden on the hard drive and accessable before Windows starts? nope

model/make computer is this? Compaq

Edited by maraud3r, 30 September 2006 - 12:06 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:49 PM

Ok, you don't need the manufacturer's restore disk even if it came with one because it would be Windows ME and you have upgraded to XP.

When you installed Windows XP did you use an "UPGRADE" version CD or did you format the hard drive and install Windows XP with a retail gversion full installation cd? I know you said "upgrade" in your previous post but I want to make sure.

Put the Windows CD in the cd-rom and boot your computer. (you may have to set the boot order in the bios setup to boot from cd first. or floppy, then cd. then hard drive)

The following two articles will help you use the recovery console.
(although the Microsoft article explains how to install it on your hard drive you can run it from the cd, so you do not have to install it if you do not want to do so)

How to install and use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307654#...125120121120120

How to use and install the Recovery Console in Windows XP.
http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/recover...y_console.shtml

What you want to run will be
Chkdsk /r
Fixboot
Fixmbr

Let us know.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 02:09 PM

I formatted the hard drive and installed Windows XP with a retail version full installation cd.

The first link doesn't because windows doesn't start.
So I can't start > run anything.

So i used the second link.

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on this step, it keeps on freezing on me.
I typed "1", pressed enter and it freezes.
When I type down 1 it doesn't say "type down the admin password".. nothing happens.
I've done this a few times but keeps freezing.

Hmm.

Edited by maraud3r, 30 September 2006 - 02:16 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2006 - 03:43 PM

hi, just press enter again at this stage if you didnt originally set an administrator password. if that doesnt work post back.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 04:07 PM

heres how mine looks like
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like i said before it doesn't say "type down the admin password"

it freezes when I type 1 > enter.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 04:27 PM

hi,

sounds like the system is quite corrupt then, i think you will have to try a full windows repair. dont do a full reinstall unless you want to lose your data.

if you need guidance let me know,

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:11 PM

hey,
I don't want to lose any of my files.
Guidance would be grateful.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:33 PM

The recovery console should have started.

You shouldn't have two Windows installations on there unless you made a mistake when you were installing XP or had a multi-boot installation with more than one op system.

The recovery console should have started because its purpose is to recover a broken Windows installation!

OK, well follow the instructions in the following link for a repair installation:

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:37 PM

hi, maraud3r,

once you've followed the instructions for a repair on Enthusiast's link above, i would update and run your antivirus and antispyware appz in case the original cause of the fault was malware.

good luck

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 03:03 PM

If you can press enter to get past the administrator password then follow this article but just be careful with it.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/
There will be quite a bit of typing but basicaly it is just a manual restore of these files

Good Luck

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 12:41 PM

While doing the clean install
it keeps on freezing on the "searching for previous versions of Microsoft Windows..." screen.

-__-"

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:08 PM

Did it ask you for your Win 98 key number?

Why "Clean Install"?

The link I posted was directions for a repair install.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Edited by Enthusiast, 03 October 2006 - 01:10 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:40 PM

Did it ask you for your Win 98 key number?

Why "Clean Install"?

The link I posted was directions for a repair install.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Did it ask you for your Win 98 key number? ?? no

Why "Clean Install"? because windows can't start... so I had to do warning #2

er.. i'm getting confused now.




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