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WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM corrupt or missing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dampfleece, Jan 12, 2011.

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  1. dampfleece

    dampfleece Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    New to the forum but in desperate need of help.

    I keep getting this message when trying to boot my netbook. Sadly, I do not have my recovery disc as it is in UK and I'm in Argentina.

    Have purchased a new XP disc with the hope of reinstalling (the hard disc is partitioned with data separate) windows.

    All goes well and I get to a blue screen with 3 options, to install XP, to repair, or to cancel.

    If I select either install or repair I just get another blue screen with a 'registry error' message and I can get no further.

    I have read a similar post on the help pages which gave 2 options. First to use the recovery disc which would involve a ñpng journey! and second to download a recovery utility which I cant do as I cant use the computer (I'm using a hostelone now). I never get to a command prompt screen at all.

    Sorry, I should add that I have had the hard drive and RAM tested in a computer shop today and all cleared ok.

    Is there any way around this??
     
  2. Saga Lout

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    I can't think of a reason why clicking to install should throw the Registry error - it should go straight to copying files and installing but if it did that, it's probable that the data partition would have been destroyed so in a way, you're lucky.

    If this is possible in your circumstances, your safest course of action is to remove the hard disk and use a USB convertor to slave it into another system. Once you have your data saved in a place of safety outside that disk, you can then format it to a clean state, put it back in your netbook and then install XP form the new disk.
     
  3. dampfleece

    dampfleece Thread Starter

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    The problem is that installing XP from the disc does not work,

    I get to the option screen with Install, Repair or Exit.

    If I select install, after a short while I get the blue 'Registry_Error' screen and can go no further.

    If I choose repaor I can enter 1. C:\windows as my installation choice but on selecting this option I am redirected to the same blue screen with 'Registry_Error' again and can go no further.

    I don't seem to be able to do anything to get to a command prompt.
     
  4. Saga Lout

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    You could skip that stage and go on to the second option which is a Repair install, leaving your existing files in folders under Windows.old so you can transfer them to the new system. That method also mainly preserves your installed programmes but gives you a clean, new Registry, part of which is what is stored in that System file.

    You could also tunnel in using a Linux LiveCD to see if you have a System.old or System.bak file anywhere which you could use to overwrite the main System file in System32\Config.
     
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