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Can't start up windows

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sire011886, Jul 26, 2006.

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  1. sire011886

    sire011886 Thread Starter

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    Me tinks me Vaio is dead...:

    Windows could not start b/c da following file is missing
    Or corrupt:
    \windows\system32\config\system

    You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup
    Using the original set-up cd-rom
    Select ‘r’ at da 1st screen to start repair

    I don't have the setup disk, I see I can d/l it from Microsoft, but I have Media Center on a Sony Vaio desktop, their 1st generation of dual core processor models.

    A little while ago when I started up, I got the message that there was no drive, but I thought that was b/c of where I had it at the time and it was overheating, so I moved it and it was fine, til now.

    Which do I need: the XP Pro or XP Home setup disk?

    & why did this happen in the 1st place?
     
  2. SaltyC

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    Computer Specs plz
     
  3. sire011886

    sire011886 Thread Starter

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    XP Media Center
    Intel D Processor 2.9ish (the one below 3.0)
    1gb ram
    250 GB HD
    256 mb video card ATI
    Sony Vaio desktop
     
  4. sire011886

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    I have now an XP Pro disk, but will this delete my MC software, or will it just fix what's broken?

    MC software meaning the interface Media Center comes with including the TV tuner.

    Thanks
     
  5. ozrom1e

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    If you have Media Center now after you run the XP Pro disk you won't have Media Center no more. I would suggest contacting Microsoft and see if you can purchase a new Media Center install disk, Or check to see if there is a recovery partition on your hard drive for the Media Center.
     
  6. sire011886

    sire011886 Thread Starter

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    Okay, if I loose MC, can I still use my tv tuner? I don't like MC enough to pay money for it again.

    Will this attempt actually work?

    I can't access my drive at all from the Recovery Console as detailed here.
     
  7. sire011886

    sire011886 Thread Starter

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    I realize now after going to the Sony support website that this attempt will erase MC.

    I can buy a replacement disk for $18, so I'll just do that.

    Is it possible to install XP Pro as a seperate OS so that I can use that until I get my replacement MC disk?
     
  8. sire011886

    sire011886 Thread Starter

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    I found bootdisk.com and paid the $4 for the software

    I'm trying to use the ntfs boot .iso, but getting no where

    The disk should have a check disk utility, but the computer cant id it...
     
  9. sire011886

    sire011886 Thread Starter

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    CCCCCCCCRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAPPPPPP:

    I got some repair software with which I could get some functionability, but as far as I can tell I have no HD, therefore it can't work on the OS at all :-(

    that must be why I kept getting "Access is denied," the HD isn't being recognized by the system

    I guess I'll do a physical check and see if the cable if off...

    If its not that

    I'm really lost now (and screwed)
     
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