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Windows Recovery Console not working!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MamaLuigi, Nov 17, 2011.

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  1. MamaLuigi

    MamaLuigi Thread Starter

    May 13, 2009
    Hi, i've been trying to fix my broken Dell computer {xps} because i keep on getting the message Windows could not start because the following system is missing or corrupt Windows\System32\Config...
    I read that if I perform a chkdsk from RC it may help, but the problem is I can't access it at all! whenever i type in 1 and hit enter it does nothing and just sits there. I've been in an endless loop of restarting my dell to get it working with no luck.

    A quick background about this machine - Every few months, the C drive always dies. I do nothing to them. Sometimes my computer gets belted with blue screen error messages for no reason. But sometimes i can bypass them. I can't bypass this one though. I remember how it happened. I was using my camera software then all of a sudden the computer froze and when i turned it on that's when the message popped up. I have the internet on my Wii but it's terribly annoying and slow. I want to use a computer again for these things! Can someone please help!
  2. Mark1956


    May 7, 2011
    Sounds like you may have a failing hard drive so the first thing to do is to run the manufacturer's diagnostics. You will need another working PC to make the boot disk.

    It's not clear what you are typing in the Recovery Console. You need to be at the Command prompt and just type in chkdsk /f to run the disk check, why are you typing "1" and hitting Enter.

  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
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