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Solved: Corrupt system file - Windows will not boot

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Nightmare, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. Nightmare

    Nightmare Thread Starter

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    I get an error message that the WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file is "missing or corrupt". How do I repair this. I can only boot off the CD and either do a repair/reinstall or DOS repair.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Iceworx

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    Repair > type in sfc /scannow

    with the space
    Remember to have your windows cd ready to pop it in if it needs it.
     
  3. Nightmare

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    OK I went back into the repair console, got to the DOS prompt and typed in sfc /scannow and the command is not recognized in either the root or in the Windows directory.

    What else can I try?
     
  4. Jedi_Master

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  5. Nightmare

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    I already tried that with no success. Thanks for the input though...
     
  6. Nightmare

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    Success! It took about four tries and 3 hours, but at least I don't have to reload windows again. Took *******ized directions from 4 different websites that proposed different repair options.

    Thanks for your help...
     
  7. taiheung

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    can you expand as to what your fix was??
     
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