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WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM error message

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  1. fredrob

    fredrob Thread Starter

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    I have a machine with WIN2K on it. I am getting the following error when I try to boot my machine.
    "Windows 2000 could not start because the following field is missing or corrupt: WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM, You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000 by using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

    When I follow these instructions and try to boot with using WIN2K CD, the system tells me that I need to put in my WIN2K Emergency Repair Disk. I have never created that disk from the WIN2K backup utility on that machine.

    My question is can I create a Emergency Repair disk on another WIN2K machine and use that to recover my broken down machine? Will that cause configuration problems with the machine I am trying to repair?
     
  2. Rockn

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    ERD's are unique to the machine they were created on so it will not work.
     
  3. fredrob

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    Do you know of any other way to recover this machine?
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Not sure if this is what you tried already, but an article from MS says:

    Use the Windows 2000 Emergency Repair Process
    Start the computer by using the Windows 2000 compact disc (CD-ROM).
    At the Welcome to Setup menu, press R.
    Press R to select the emergency repair process.
    Press M to select Manual Repair.
    Press ENTER to perform the selected tasks.
    Follow the remaining instructions to repair the Windows 2000 installation.

    You might also try a parallel install of Windows2000 and then copy the files from the install to the old one.
     
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