- Apr 11, 2006
i don't have any windows disc's and i can't format from DOS apparently, so..?
thanks, because that IS the error.Is the Missing and Corrupt you are getting (from your other post) this message?
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
(assuming that you had System Restore active)
If so, download and burn BartPE and use that to boot with.
Then use this as a very loose guide as to how you are going to recover.
1. Boot with BartPe
2. Use it's File Manager to open the System Volume Information folder
3. Open the latest RPnnn folder, then the Snapshot folder
4. The SAM, Security, Software, System, .Default are the registry hives backed up in that Restore point
5. The Active (and now corrpt hives) live in \windows\system32\config and should now be renamed
6. Move the ones from the RP folder to \Config and Rename them appropriately
READ the Help2Go article first. If goes into a lot more detail, BUT does not reference the use of BartPE.
AND, prior to starting any moves of the hives, take a copy of the SystemProfile folder under \Config.
Then, run a CHKDSK and allow it to fix errors.
When I had this issue, after the chkdsk my entire \Config folder was corrupted. But I recreated \Config, copied in my backup of SystemProfile, moved the hives, crossed my fingers, rebooted, and all was well!
Oh, and I don't have the XP CDWas this after the message that said "Searching Windows installation files"??
If so, insert the Windows CD in the drive and try the run again.
so.. i can just install Linux while I have my F'd up Windows XP still installed?Drew, you have to provide more information so people can offer good suggestions.
You do not need to download any special boot disk or format a hard drive before installing an operating system. Windows XP, Windows Vista, and all popular Linux distributions come with their own built-in routines for formatting and preparing a hard drive for installation. If you just download a boot disk and format the hard drive, what do you plan to do with it?
If you're encountering error messages, be specific as to what actions you took that led up to the error and what exactly the error is.
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