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Got an error message saying that I have a missing file and to run recovery console with the XP cd in the cd rom to fix the problem. Can anyone tell me how to run recovery console?
 

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The message I am getting is this.

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.

I set up bios to boot to cd rom

The screen that comes up where I press r is is for recovery console. So I do that and come to

1: C:\WINDOWS

So I press 1 and come to

C:\WINDOWS>

Now what do I do?

I already ran chkdsk /p
 
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You are in the recovery console, and that is not quite where you should be. Read the link a bit more that i gave and write the steps out or print the page. Where you entered r you should have pressed f3...type exit and retry this over again.
 

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Ok did what was written and there is no r for repair. Can anyone tell me how I can just replace the file mentioned in the earlier post?
 
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Try start / run and type sfc /scannow (note the space before the /) as well as have the xp cd in the drive.
 

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No. Did not get that screen.
Dont get to xp to get to start button. Is there any way to get the file off of the cd?
 
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Lets walk through the repair then. Are you near the system ?
 
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lets go, you will need to start the pc with the cd and go to the recovery console, by selecting r for repair console.
 
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Once in the repair console choose you system to fix then enter. type in the admin password then enter.

type FIXBOOT and answer yes after

type in the following commands and after each click enter and be sure to leave all spaces exactly as they are..

CD \
ATTRIB -H NTLDR
ATTRIB -S NTLDR
ATTRIB -R NTLDR
ATTRIB -H NTDETECT.COM
ATTRIB -S NTDETECT.COM
ATTRIB -R NTDETECT.COM
COPY X:\I386\NTLDR C:\ (X IS THE LETTER OF YOUR CDROM)
COPY X:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\ (X IS THE LETTER OF YOUR CDROM)

Afterwards reoot
 
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I am currently experiencing this same exact problem and I've come across this article that could be the solution to both of our problems. I will try it out as soon as I get home and report back with the results. Here's hoping!:)
 
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Well, that did the trick. Everything is pretty much back to normal, except for a few minor settings that need adjusting.

Hope it helps the originator of this thread as it was very helpful to me. Good luck!:)
 
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