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Not Able to Start PC .. SYSTEM file missing...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TarunM, Feb 4, 2005.

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  1. TarunM

    TarunM Thread Starter

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    So my sister gets hold of a computer in the house and ruins it, and here is the dilemma I am facing: I turn on the computer and right away i come to this message....

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    \windows\system32\config\SYSTEM

    Attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the Original CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.



    So I enter the cd rom and press 'r' for repair, I choose C:\windows, however before it can begin to repair it asks me for an 'Administration Password' which I have no idea of after many attempts.

    I do not want to have to format the pc since I have some very important files on it. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. ratchet

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    Did you try hitting enter without typing anything?
     
  3. TarunM

    TarunM Thread Starter

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    lol, yes I did.
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Can you contact whoever installed the operating system to see created for the administrator's password.
     
  5. TarunM

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    well it was my brother who installed the operating system, and no body remembers assigning an administration password.
     
  6. TarunM

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    any other suggestions?
     
  7. bobol

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    Assuming you get the advice later to start repair install, be aware of when to press that 'r' if you want to save your files[better still also back up your files to cds if you can]. It wouldn't be the first time you see the 'r' that you press it...here's a guide;
    http://tinyurl.com/1h3r
    Its useful to in letting you know what you MUST do after a repair install.
     
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