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can't boot anymore

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mtini, Apr 2, 2006.

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  1. mtini

    mtini Thread Starter

    Dec 17, 2003
    Well, my wifes sony Vaio laptop just went kaput.
    It was crashing while she was using large email files
    and also doing some things on IE internet.
    This started shortly after updating Adobe Acrobat.
    Maybe the cause. We kept it working by turning some of the
    services off, but now it says: \windows\system32\config\system
    cannot be found.
    And we can't even boot off our systen repair disc unless we choose
    to erase everything off the C-drive. I have a hirens boot CD, but cant get it to boot
    from that.
    When we turn it on and press a key it beeps, and we get the choice
    of F1 or F2.
    F8 wont boot to safe mode either.
    Is there any way to get this to boot in safe mode or from a disc so we
    can repair or get some data off?

  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    The CD-ROM needs to configured in the BIOS boot order to be first in the list. It may already be so in your machine since your recovery disk would have to boot that way.

    If you can do that, you can try creating a bootable CD with the recovery console on it per my suggestion in post 6 here:


    The beep when you startup and the prompt for f1 or f2 may indicate a misconfigured BIOS -- you might look for an option to reload the BIOS/Setup defaults there, and see if that particular problem is resolved. It is different from the missing or damaged "system" hive.
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