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c;\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wes101, Nov 1, 2007.

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  1. wes101

    wes101 Thread Starter

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    I'm un able to restart my laptop, i get this message and it say press " r" for restart. I used the microsoft doc 307545kb but was unsuccessful this is what I did:
    md tmp
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

    delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
    copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
    copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
    copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

    6. Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.
    all files were copied except:copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak and copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak
    The error code said bad command or missing files, could someone tell me what to do from here
     
  2. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    The System file missing would be the cause of your original error. IE it isn't there, and thus can't be copied. It would appear that the Default Hive is also not there.

    Double check that you didn't make a typo as you were entering those commands. That too, would cause the not copied error.

    So, at this point you have saved as many of the old registry hives as possible in \TMP and have copied the Hives from the \Repair folder (created at installation time, unless you run Windows Backup regularly), into the \Config folder as the live hives.

    So, I would allow the system to reboot and continue on with the process.

    NOTE that since the Registry you have now swapped in, is from the installation process, none of your programs or settings will appear to be there. Don't worry. The rest of the procedure will correct that.
     
  3. wes101

    wes101 Thread Starter

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    I made sure there was no typo when typing in these commands.
     
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    The procedure cannot move forward, even in safe mode
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Why? What happens?
     
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