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

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wes101

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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
 

WhitPhil

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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.
 

wes101

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I made sure there was no typo when typing in these commands.
 
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