The file Windows/System32/config/system is missing.

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Eddey

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Hey all,

Computer was fine when I left it, woke up in the morning and tried to boot... I was then confronted my a message telling me that windows/system32/cofig/system was missing...

Anyone got any ideas?

I've tried copying the file from another computer but one it won't let me and two it seems that this file is specific to each computer.

Thanks for any help,

Eddey
 
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If you get the error:
Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE

Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1
Enter in the administrator password when requested
cd \windows\system32\config
Depending on which section was corrupted:
ren software software.bad or ren system system.bad
Depending on which section was corrupted
copy \windows\repair\system
copy \windows\repair\software
Take out the CD ROM and type exit
 

Eddey

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Thanks for all the advice, I shall try it in a bit.

-Eddey
 
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You will probably need to complete PART 2 of those Microsoft Instructions or your current program configuration will not run, although you will have gotten your boot back.
 
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