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laptop won't boot - blue screen of death?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dannythepetrock, Mar 30, 2007.

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  1. dannythepetrock

    dannythepetrock Thread Starter

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    when i start up my laptop, it gets to the windows XP loading thing, it loads, then a blue screen saying:
    'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM'

    and to contact my administrator and all that jazz :/

    it won't boot up in safe mode or anything either, and it was working fine just last night.

    help?
     
  2. no_Wedge

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    ok you will have to re-install the necessary files for windows to boot. boot with your windows cd in the cd-rom and hit enter like you are doing a clean install, DO NOT do Repair YET.
    when it is at the screen that shows your windows partition hit 'r' like repair, and continue to reinstall the windows files. This will not erase your hard drive files.
     
  3. dannythepetrock

    dannythepetrock Thread Starter

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    the thing is though, it's my dad's laptop from work, he's a teacher, and seeing it's the first day of the holidays today kind of blows |:

    would it repair properly if i used a XP cd different to the one that it was originally installed with?
     
  4. no_Wedge

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    if it's the same version of windows then it will work fine it dosn't matter if it's the one that actually installed on that computer
     
  5. dannythepetrock

    dannythepetrock Thread Starter

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    i don't know what my dad did, but it seems to be working now. he didn't repair it using the CD or anything |:
     
  6. ozrom1e

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    If this is your dad's laptop from work I would suggest very strongly that you do absolutely nothing to it, do no repairs, re-installs or anything. If you do and there is any important information on the hard drive you may end up getting your dad in a lot of trouble like even fired and we do not want that.

    I suggest having your dad take the laptop to the school IT department and have them fix it. That is the IT departments job and will keep your dad out of trouble and also keep him working.
     
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