Solved: Corrupt system file - Windows will not boot

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Nightmare

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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.

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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.
 

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?
 

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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...
 
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