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windows wont start

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ofnorep, Jul 22, 2006.

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  1. ofnorep

    ofnorep Thread Starter

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    windows will not start on my other computer - when i turn it on i get this message: windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom. select 'r' at the first screen to start repair. My question is - am i able to repair this without the cd-rom. I have an xp/professional cd but the system is a xp/home
     
  2. game freak

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    i believe that you are able to repair that file, theres not much difference between system 32 files.
     
  3. Rollin' Rog

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    You basically have two choices, a "repair/reinstall" or a challenging attempt to get at system restore using the Recovery Console for starters. You really need to choose one or the other at the outset -- you cannot do the "crashed" method after a reinstall, and doing a reinstall after trying the "crashed" method requires even further restore commands to restore the backedup hives.

    Reinstall directions here > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm


    USING THE RECOVERY CONSOLE TO ACCESS SYSTEM RESTORE


    If you do not have an XP CD download cmdcon.cab from Elvandil's post here: http://forums.techguy.org:80/t395729&highlight=recovery+console.html

    Unzip and burn the cmdcon.iso file to CD. With Nero or Roxio you should only need to "open" the file and it will start the burner's ISO burning program.

    Once that is done, you need to boot with either that or the Home XP CD to the Recovery Console. You may need to ensure that the CD drive is the first boot drive in the BIOS setup if it just boots to the same screen. Setup is accessed by looking for the key to press on the first data you see on the screen -- often F2

    Directions are given here:

    http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=62075

    There are several things to note about this operation.

    1 > it is not a "reinstall" of Windows, but a method of accessing System Restore.

    2 > all command lines are one line with appropriate spacing -- the doc file does not always reflect this.

    3 > you must complete all 3 parts for it to be a proper restore.

    4 > in the first part of this document you are given the command:

    copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system

    you may get a "file not found" when running this command. If you do, substitute this command instead:

    copy C:\windows\repair\system.bak C:\windows\system32\config\system
     
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