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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by christinelally, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. christinelally

    christinelally Thread Starter

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    I received the following message when I turned my computer on:

    Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.

    I talked with the tech from Dell and the repair didn't work. The tech guy at the school I work at suggested I buy a new hard drive, install it and load Windows XP on to the new hard drive...which will eliminate me losing all the data I have saved on my computer. I was in the process of backing up my files when this error occurred.

    Any help would be much appreciated!!!
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    If you want to save the data on your hard drive

    Goto http://www.knoppix.org/
    Click on the flag that ha the USA flag in it
    Scroll the window down just a bit and click on the Download button
    Scroll the window down and click the http server nearest you
    On this screen click I Accept
    This screen click Parent Directory
    This screen click knoppix-dvd
    Find KNOPPIX_V4.0.2DVD-2005-09-23-EN.iso and click to download and save this to your computer and write it down where it is to be saved

    This is a 3.5 Gb file and will take several hours to download and then you will have to burn the ISO file to a DVD so you can use it as a Linux bootup

    When you get this done please post back for further instructions
     
  3. christinelally

    christinelally Thread Starter

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    Mahalo for the information...however, I cannot get onto my computer because of the error message.

    Is it possible for me to purchase another hard drive, install it and load Windows XP to the new drive. That way Windows XP would be running again and I'd still have all my files on the older hard drive.
     
  4. Serge_N_Gin

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    Hi christinalally,

    Yes, it is possible for you to attach a new hard drive and install windows on it.

    You will need to ensure the new drive is set to master and the older is set to slave.

    The new installation should also recognize your data on the original drive so you can then transfer and reformat the older drive.
     
  5. christinelally

    christinelally Thread Starter

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    Mahalo for your input. It feels more reassuring if other people agree that installing a new hard drive will work.
     
  6. Serge_N_Gin

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    excuse my ignorance but what does Mahalo mean again????
     
  7. christinelally

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    Mahalo means "thank you" in Hawaiian...I'm from Hawaii! :)
     
  8. Serge_N_Gin

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    Well mahalo for the clarification christinelally...... :]
     
  9. Emtronics

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    Do you have an XP CD? If so, insert it and boot from the CD. Then run setup just like you were installing XP but this will just install the XP System files. It will not overwrite your data. Yes I knew what Mahalo means. I lived in Ewa Beach and Pearl City for awhile. My uncle still lives in Koko Head.
     
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