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Windows xp won't boot - \windows\system32\config\system is damaged or can't be found

Question: Windows xp won't boot - \windows\system32\config\system is damaged or can't be found

It says windows can't be started up because \windows\system32\config\system is damaged or can't be found.

I already tried bootcfg but doesn't make any differnce. Please help thanks.

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Answer: Windows xp won't boot - \windows\system32\config\system is damaged or can't be found

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Hey folks!


When I started my computer today, i was told it could not boot due to \windows\system32\config\system being missing or not working properly. It explained I could pop in my Windows XP cd to go to the repair thingy(don't actually know the name - my computer settings is in Danish, I hope you understand). And nothing happened and I was told to write EXIT to restart the computer and other than than a cmd promt where i could type commands. Due to not being that tech savy, i decided to get online and search around for a way around it, if it existed.

I read that others had the same problem and various other stuff how to solve it. Most popular the "copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config" and "chkdsk :c /r"

I hereafter tried the chkdsk c: /r method seeing as moving/copying things around with no idea what i was doing could be a bad idea.
It ran the CheckDisk test, and said some problems were fixed. But when i restarted the computer the problem was still there.

Now my question. Should I attempt the copy method, and is there anything special I should note? OR is there another way to do this. A windows install on top of my own? But I really don't wanna lose any data, as I have a lot of work on it.


Some details which might be important:
1. The XP disk I used to start the repair is not the XP disk used for installing the XP version i have on the computer. (I had a copy of XP, and then bought a new computer with XP al... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Cannot boot windows - \windows\system32\config\system missing or broken

Update:

With some help from my brother(who is a lot better at this than me) we tried the copy thing. Moved the old system file away, and brought in the system.bak from the repair folder, renamed it to system and rebooted.

Now it didn't say anything about the system file missing or being broken, but came up with the windows loading screen, then went to black and for a very bried moment came up with a blue screen with some text on it before it restarts.
I can't make out what it says on the blue screen because it is so very brief.

And now it just reboots over and over again. Have we done something completely wrong?

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Hello everyone,

My computer was working perfect yesterday, but when i started it up today, I got this error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
C:\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 dont have the Windows Vista CD. I did research online and it states to use UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows), but examples are used with XP. I am unclear if it works with Vista.

Any suggestions ? My HDD is okay right?
 

Answer:Cannot boot: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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Hi, My son's pc wont boot, say:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
/windows/system32/comfig/system
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup sing only the original cd. seslect 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I have tried this with no luck and I have tried to start it in safe mode, nothing works.

Please help

Jodie

Answer:Cannot boot windows - \windows\system32\config\system missing or broken

You have a corrupted registry use the following guide form microsoft. Link below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

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Stops boot at thread title with message that file is missing or corrupt. To correct use OS CD to repair, when options come up press 'R' this goes to command prompt and you're to use MS Article #307545 and type in a hole string of registry listings - mine stops at second string "copy c:windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak" saying it is unable to copy file.

I tried copying the file from another XP machine to load on the failed and windows will not allow me to copy file. So loaded a new XP on separate partition hoping to be able to transfer file - no go. I can see drive C and the file I need is 0 KB (the other machine has like 7340KB, the new install has about 3200KB.

Does not appear to be a virus (I'm behind NAT& Firewall and religious on keeping AV updated as well as all windows updates).
The machine was working fine ( was at TSG), just froze, and been in hell since. Machine works fine with the new XP install - just all the programs and files on C and I'm booting to E, so machine itself is fine.

Any ideas will be appreciated.
 

Answer:XP Boot fails at windows\system32\config\system

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My laptop will not boot up and message indicates config\system32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file problem.  The dark screen indicates repair file by starting windows setup using original CD-Rom and select r at first screen.  When I insert the original Toshiba disc which contains XP, and select r, it leads me into a complete hard disc erase, which of course will destroy a lot of valuable files.  What do I do?  Thanks for any help.  --jrkelly

Answer:windows\system32\config\system corrupt, no boot

The error message indicates that your registry is corrupt.   To preserve data you could install the hdd in another pc and copy files.MS KB307545 applies but data loss is almost certain.Good luck

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX280. I moved recently, and after moving, I got a message saying that WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is missing or corrupt. It worked fine before I moved. I ran chkdsk, and everything turns up fine and dandy. I had a second hard drive in this computer, and I removed it. The error still comes up. About two weeks before I moved, I installed a new DVD drive, but this computer went through many startup/shutdown sequences while still at my old place and it worked fine. I tried running Ultimate Boot CD, and that won't work either. I get this message when I try to boot into UBCD:[quote]A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer. Technical information:*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78CE52B, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) [\quote]I haven't tried to repair windows because I don't have any way to get some of my non-backuped files off that drive right now if something messes up. (My fault, at least I had the sense to back up my photos before the move). And since I can't boot into windows,... Read more

Answer:Can't boot into windows: system32\config\system corrupt

Hi, i know a way that you may be able to recover some files..

Download a Boot Disk (live CD) from Ubuntu. download it and put the ISO onto a disk, this will allow you to get into the pc and look at the folders on the windows side of things.. you DONT need to format to get this OS working. after you have the files simply put them onto a Ext HDD

You could try a windows repair but try a /fix mbr and /fix boot if poss. if not just repair it should just replace the missing file if not, format. but simple really.. use ubuntu to grab ur files..

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I cannot boot up and I get the following error:

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 have tried starting it using the last known configuration and safe mode and my computer will not boot up.

I have the original CD and can select 'r' for repair.

What do I type in the DOS-looking screen to repair

Answer:Cannot Boot Up - \windows\system32\config\system


Boot to the XP CD and select R (Recovery Console)

At the command prompt type:

ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.old
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config

Reboot

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I was getting a lot of BSOD so I used my recovery cd and started over. After all windows updates were installed after the computer has been off for a long time, on boot I get the windows\system32\config\system is misisng or corrupt and i can use my windows cd to do repair.... If I power off and power up again right away, same message. If I just let it sit there for a minute then turn it off and back on, boom works perfectly. Occasionally I will get ain IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL but rarely once windows shows the desktop.

SO I thought maybe this was a hard drive issue and I got a new hard drive and cloned the old one. Same thing with the new one... I assume this could be software so I just took the issue from one drive to the other.... But I'm wondering if this is some other kind of hardware issue, and where should I start?

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Hello

I am running windows xp professional. I have two hard drives plugged into a PCI-IDECMD0680R-2 IDE Card, setup on RAID Mirrored set.

On boot up I get Drive Number: 0 HDS728080PLAT20 78533MB right below this it reads Drive Number: 2 HDS728080PLAT20 78533MB right below this it reads Set: 1 <0> (2) SiI Mirrored Set <PM> 78532MB

The next pop up text reads: Incomplete Raid set ! Please press F3 to enter Raid Utility.

If I do not hit F3 and let the computer continue to boot the next error message I get is Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system

Now let me tell you what I have done to try and diagnose this problem. I tried to run UBCD hard drive test on both drives while hooked up to the IDE card but the drives do not recognize. What i did next is unplugged the drives from the IDE card and plugged them into the main ide controller one at a time on the system board. Both drives recognize and hard drive test passed. Also the computer will boot into windows with no problems when the drives are plugged into the main IDE controller on the system board. So, I think my drives are good but I just need help getting raid set back up without loosing my data. Thanks and I look forward to any help!
 

Answer:On boot up Incomplete RAID Set - Missing or Corrupt Windows\System32\Config\System

hiya,go here could be useful.www.support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
 

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will not boot in safe mode or when I get to recovery console there is no choice to say which windows to log on to nothing shows. when i try a new install, it freezes at the Eula agreement. Had to use a xp home disk to get to recovery console but upgrade disk will do nothing. have read so many instructions and can get to each to a point, what do I do now?? I feel soooo stupid that I can not figure out what to do next. Your site is so easy to read and follow, but I can't get this other computer to act right. I am on the laptop which you helped to tweak and fix.

Answer:Hp Pavillion 6630 Won't Boot Corrupt Of Missing Windows\system32\config\system Files

Your registry has become corrupt

You need to replace your system hives
These are the SAM SECURITY DEFAULT SYSTEM CONFIG
If these become edited or corrupt you cannot boot.

For the whole proceedure please post back and I will explain in detail

KB307545

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I know a version of this forum has been started on here, but everything I have read, it is being said that they need to use the OS disc and run the repair and all that. But this is a Netbook with no CDROM drive. USB and SDcard drives, that's all. Is it possible to repair this without the CD? Even the onscreen message is the same message everyone gets, "You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the Original Setup CD-ROM." But no drive to do this.
It is an ASUS Netbook
OS is XP
 

Answer:Boot issue on netbook, missing or corrupted file Windows\System32\Config\System

Do you have or can borrow an external DVD drive? Then go into the BIOS and change the order so that USB is first boot option. Samsung and Lite-on do USB powered DVD RW drives made to use with netbooks, no doubt they could see a market for them with the millions of netbooks being sold ! Then you need an OS disc of the type you are using, and you can try a repair.
 

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when i boot up my system i am getting a file not found error for c:\windows\system32\1.tmp i have used hjt and msconfig to remove it from the start up, i have also used ccleaner, spybot, cwshredder, kill2me. smitfraud/spyquake etc fixes and fixquake.reg . this message will still not go away, i have no idea how to proceed. any ideas guys?
 

Answer:when i boot up my system i am getting a file not found error for c:\windows\system32\

Re: when i boot up my system i am getting a file not found error for c:\windows\syste

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407

Moving this to malware.
 

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So I've done some research but after being thoroughly confused I figured I would make a thread about it.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 with XP SP2 installed. Served me pretty faithfully for three years, then recently I had to force a shutdown by holding down the power button. Usually this causes no problems, but this time when I started it back up it wouldn't boot into Windows, instead telling me that "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". I can get into the Recovery Console and that's about it.

I saw a similar entry on Microsoft's support website, but it had a warning for computers with XP installed by the OEM (which is mine). I also can't seem to locate an XP Recovery Disk that supposedly came with the laptop.

Is there some way to fix the problem (which apparently is registry-related) without erasing all my data, and without a Recovery Disk? Any advice is most appreciated.

Answer:xp wont boot, says "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" is corrupt

Just an update: I was in the Recovery Console, and ran C:\WINDOWS>chkdsk /p. It finished checking without any issues, and it didn't fix anything when I exited and rebooted.

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Hello,
I bought A dell XPS 710, roughly mid September 2007. The pc was for me and college work. As i lived away from family during college terms the pc stayed with me until summer time. On saturday the pc was put into the back seat of the car with car belt + other items pinning it to the seat beside me.

When i got home i insured i got the pc to my room safely yet when i started the pc i got Windows cannot start as there is a file missing or corrupt (press R to repair)
WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

i put in the OS cd given by Dell with the pc purchase and attempted to Repair and attempt a reinstall of the OS the missing or corrupt file when i get a blue screen of death including
BAD POOL CALLER
*** Stop: 0X000000C2(0X00000043X, 0XCA514000,0X00000000, 0X00000000)

i attempted also to make boot to cd this priority for booting, yet decided to change it back to old since there was no point.

I am hoping someone here can offer me assistance, oh yes also! (i took the HD, put it into this pc as a slave, copied the important files to an external in the hope that i could reinstall windows.

At this stage i am stumped, i think the HD may have been damaged from excessive vibrations caused by the pot holes(trenches) that existed on the journey. Irregardless i would appreciate the assistance.
 

Answer:Windows cannot start, file missing or corrupt windows\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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hey my computer gets this
Windows will 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

and i tried and reinstall windows xp home edition sp2 but it says that i cant due to the fact that the file
hal.dll is missing and i dont know what to do please help

Answer:Windows Will Not Start Because The Following File Is Missing Or Corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. Y...

If you can get on a friends computer build the UBCD4Win this will give you full read/write access to your hdd.Copy the needed files across from the original install media into the system32 folder.Then do the following from the ubcd4win CD:Go -> Programs -> System Tools -> Check DiskType C if this is your partition containing the operating system, adjust according if these files are on a different partition ie D, E etc....Do you want to fix errors .....:Enter YStart check disk?Enter YThen defrag the Hard Drive with Dirms.Go -> Command promptThen type the followingdirms C -qThis will defrag the hard drive, once completed reboot.Your system should now boot.If this still doesn't work you will need to do a repair installation of XP.This should fix the problem.

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My apologies if this has already been covered. I've been searching, but can't seem to find this exact thing.

Rebooted the other night after a Windows update (of all things), and Windows wouldn't come back up. Got the "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" message. I tried to put in my Windows XP Pro CD, but the PC wouldn't recognize it. I went into the BIOS and made sure it was set to boot from CD, still nothing. No message or anything.

Went to work yesterday and created the 6 Windows boot disks on floppies. Used those last night, and was able to get to the Startup Screen. When I hit R to get into the Recovery Console, it gets there, but it doesn't recognize that Windows is installed on the hard drive. I just get a C: prompt. It doesn't prompt me to log in or anything. It goes straight to the prompt. I tried to type in the command(s) that it tells you to on the Microsoft site anyway, and it says "access denied." I went back to the Startup screen, and went along like I was going to re-install windows. When it shows the availabe partition, it says nothing about Windows. It shows that there's "something" on there, because there's not a whole lot of space left. No Windows, though.

I just stopped there, because I REALLY don't feel like overwriting what's on there. I'd like to recover it, if at all possible.

Is m... Read more

Answer:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM corrupt, recovery console won't recognize windows

Unless you have an XP CD, there isn't a whole lot you can do.
Try typing dir and see what error you get.
 

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Last night I tried to watch a video on youtube, but the clip would pause after a second and no audio would play. Also one of my sub picture folders had become corrupted a few days ago. A similar problem occurred a couple weeks ago. I made a topic here and was told to schedule a chkdsk. I did and it fixed the problem. Since my computer always runs chkdsk at boot for some reason, I restarted my computer and let chkdsk run. I then got a dos looking screen that said "file windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt." My jaw hit the floor.

Using a PlayStation 3, I went online for a solution. I found a forum that said to boot up the Windows CD and press 'r' to begin the recovery. it then press '1' and type "chkdsk /p" Then type "fixboot" Finally reboot, press F8 and choose "Last known good configuration" I did all this and got the same problem, a corrupt windows\system32\config\system file message.

Then to top it off, my Windows CD stopped booting up! It would say it's loading but then take me to the same corrupt windows\system32\config\system file screen. I later read that som OEMs won't be able to get back into the Recovery Console if you do a fixboot. I don't even know what an OEM is?

Finally I got the CD to boot up to the blue setup screen by pressing F8 repeatedly. I'm going to wait on this screen for futher instructions.

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Answer:My Windows\system32\config\system File Is Corrupt. My Windows Cd Has Trouble Booting.

What options are you offered on the setup screen?

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Alright, here is my story.My computer randomly gave me this message, it has been a few weeks and I don't remember what exactly happened before I got the message.Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMI have tried many times to fix this problem, having tried many different methods and have even gotten my computer to stop giving me the message; but other problems soon came afterword. I will explain this later.Let me also point out that I have made a recovery disc, and DO NOT have an original XP disc to use. The disc gets me into the Recovery Console Tool, so I am not sure if this is that big of a deal. And let it also be known I have very little knowledge of the Recovery Console Tool or any other type of MS-DOS or DOS-looking codes/commands or whatever.Let me first start with what I have already tried, and tell you what problems came from trying that particular thing.First AttemptI went to the obvious at the beginning looking around hoping this would be an easy fix. I found a guide on Microsoft's website where I followed some instructions.http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;307545The problem here was simple. I would type a "copy" command and there would be an error saying it cannot find the file to copy.Second AttemptI found this in another thread posted on the internet and decided to try it out.http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htmI did this the f... Read more

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

From the recovery console try typing CHKDSK /R... notice the space between K and /R...see if that helps will some of your problem.

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When I got back from camping it looks like my cousin had opened my computer, everything looked ok but the side panel wasn't on right and my lamp was on the floor. Everything is still in it and looks plugged in, i booted it up and it has this error:

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 booted to repair console to see what I could do and my drive letter was listed as D:\Windows (normally C). Whatever happened, I think it's trying to boot off drive C:\ while windows changed to D:\ but somehow my drive letter changed. I have no idea what happened and can't contact my cousin to see *** he did. My drive letter should be C:\.

I can reinstall Windows, but man what a pain! I only have an SP1 disc. Any ideas?


Additional info that you don't need to read but might want to.

1: I tried unplugging my cd drive, the only other drive in my computer (not even a floppy) and that didn't change anything.
2: The BIOS looks like it did.
3: It's a 1TB harddrive with two partitions, one is just a backup that is usually set to drive D:\.
4: I used an external hdd but let my cousin borrow it several days ago before I left and maybe he used it while I was gone and somehow swapped the drive letters. He's no good with computers so he wouldn't know HOW to do that.
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Answer:Windows could not start ...missing file... \Windows\System32\Config\System

If you are going to format and reinstall or perform a repair install you may want to learn How to Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Windows XP

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Windows XP file is missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM I don't have the setupdisk anymore. This is a desktop PC from Dell (Dimension 3000) about 6 years old. I was booting up when the electricity went out and when it came back on this is all that the PC will do. I pulled the hard drive and it spins and sounds like it is trying to read.
 

Answer:Windows XP file is missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

How to Restore the Registry Hives From a System Restore Snapshot in Windows XP
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
How to automate the Microsoft suggestion above

Any boot disk that can move files will work for this. Including:

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Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.
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This is the error message I'm getting, help me, please! I don't have a lot of stuff not backed up, but some Quicken files and pictures I really would rather not lose. If the past I feel like I had someone fix this for me, but had to create a "restore point?" Is this correct?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out!

Niki

Answer:"Windows could not start because following is missiong or corrupt : \windows/system32\config\system"

Boot to the XP CD and select R (Recovery Console)

At the command prompt type:

ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.old
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config

Reboot

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I have an E-machines T3265 PC. It came with bundled software.

When I booted it on Sunday, I received the following message:

"Windows has failed to start because the Windows/system32/config/system file is missing or corrupt."

My question is this: Can I correct this problem if I have an OEM software package (bundled software)?

With the massive amount of research I've done over the past 2 days, it appears that if you have the basic windows installation - a windows package not bundled with other software - that this is a pretty easy thing to fix - you simply use the "recovery" system. Well apparently, with a bundle, you don't have that option.

My bundle does not appear to have a "repair" feature. It has a recovery feature which restores the PC to its original state. Is there any way that I can repair the registry without having to restore my PC to its original state?

NOTE: The I386 file is contained in my C:\Windows folder as opposed to the root directory of C:\.

NOTE: Aside from having the original disks at my disposal, I have set up a second hard drive which contains a complete and updated (through SP2) version of Windows. This was set up using the same disks as the failed hard drive so they are virtually identical where windows is concerned.

NOTE: I have Accronis installed on both hard drives but the one that failed only has a data backup, not a system backup.

Answer:Windows XP Corrupt or Missing Windows/system32/config/system file

Ok! I suggest you do this:
Insert your window's XP CD and start your computer..If u r prompted to press a key to contninue do it.
When you see the welcome screen press F10 so u can get to the recovery console or just wait till the OS read the hardwares of your computer and take you to a menu from where u can press R (repair)
Once on the recovery console type 1 If u have one OS on your machine..
Type the Administrator's password when u r prompted to (if u assigned a password of course, if not press enter)..If you use XP HOME EDITION just press Enter (Password is blank).
Go to config by typing this: cd c:\windows\system32\config (If the prompt was C:\Windows> just type CD system32\config).Your prompt will be:
C:\Windows\System32\Config then type this command: ren system system.bak
You will get a message stating system was renamed.
Copy system from repair directory like this:
Copy c:\windows\system32\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system a賘nd press Enter..A message will show u that 1 file was copied.
Retrieve your CD and type EXIT to start your computer again.
Good luck.

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When I turn on my S12, after the POST I get a black screen with this:Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt C:\windows\system32\config\systemYou 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.Considering that-S12 have no CD drive (and however they did not provide the original xp cd)-I set up a USB pen with xp following a detailed guide so I could start the installation, hit R and try the recovery consolle but I get "access denied" if I try a command-I tried with ubuntu on a USB pen, only from consolle because of graphics problem, but I could not mount the drive and replace the missing files Any idea to solve the problem before I'll have to phisically remove the hd and attach as slave to another pc?

Answer:S12 windows won't start: C:\windows\system32\config\system missing - (no cd)

Hi babanetcom,
 
Welcome to the Lenovo Community Forums.  I am sorry to see you are having some issues with your Lenovo S12 unit. Hope I can provide other options aside from the options you are going to undertake.
 
Regarding the original XP cd, the S12 has the One Key Recovery feature that is located on a hidden partition on your computer that allows you to restore the system back to factory settings.  However, the recover your system to factory default reformats your system and you lose all data on the computer. 
 
To access One Key Recovery outside of windows, shut the computer down, then press the button with U turn symbol next to the power button.  Check if the One Key Recovery is still accessible and if it provides you the option to back up your data.  Certain versions of One Key Recovery has the option to back up your data.
 
If the option I provided is not what you needed, then you will have to physically remove the hd and attach it as slave off another pc.  I believe you may be referring to this guide.
 
Hope this helps.
Don
 
 
 
 

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Hi everyone. 2 days ago I started my laptop. The battery was very low and it shut down while windows was starting. I restarted the laptop and I had to select 'start windows normally'. The next screen says :

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Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

File: \Windows\System32\config\system

Status: 0xc0000225

Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt.

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- I cannot boot Windows in any mode (safe or last known configuration).
- I tried to format and reinstall windows vista through the integrated reinstallation program pressing escape when the computed starts. It doesnt start and keep saying the same message).
- I tried to format and install Windows XP (as I dont have any copy of the Vista DVD) instead. It prepares the setup and finally says that there is no HDD connected to my laptop.

Any suggestions ?
Thanks!
 

Answer:0xc0000225 windows\system32\config\system on Windows Vista

A lot of laptops were made so you couldnt install XP on them, so either you get a Vista DVD or get a live CD to check your hard drive, also check the APIC option in your bios fist.
 

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so i got this computer from a friend at work, the only problem was supposed to be the cd-rom drive wasn't reading disks...

well, we found a penny jammed in each drive (it has the cd-rom and a dvd-rom drive), so assuming this might be the problem, we plugged the computer in, and tried to turn it on...

It goes to the "windows was not shut down properly" screen, and after hitting "start windows normally"

we get the message
cannot boot C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file is missing or corrupt is the message i get when trying to boot
it says to use the original disk to do a recovery/repair

when trying to start in any of the safe modes, the following files are listed, and then it gives the same corrupt/missing file message...

multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\hal.dll
multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\kdcom.DLL
multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\BOOTVID.dll
multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\config\system
multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\config\system.log

we've tried "replacing" (deleting then copying all registry files), but that doesn't seem to want to work.. not sure if we're attempting to copy from the wrong directory or what (which is probably the case)
I've done this once before with no problems, why its not wanting to work on this computer.
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Hello. One of the computers at my work has received this error message when turned onFile is missing or corrupt:\windows\system32\config\systemYou can attempt to repair the file by starting Windows Setup using the original setup CD-Rom.I've looked in several different places for how to fix this issue. Some have been involved working with the recovery console and they have pretty much gotten me nowhere. I looked at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 which seemed reasonable. It had this long list of lines to type in right here:md tmpcopy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bakdelete c:\windows\system32\config\systemdelete c:\windows\system32\config\softwaredelete c:\windows\system32\config\samdelete c:\windows\system32\config\securitydelete c:\windows\system32\config\defaultcopy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\systemcopy c:\windows\repair ... Read more

Answer:\Windows\System32\config\system

Boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option, allowing XP to install on top of itself. After completion you'll need to go to Windows Update and download & install all updates (except for hardware & driver related updates, which should never be downloaded from Windows Update - only from the OEM websites). Here is a clear tutorial on how to perform a repair install: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/

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PC wont boot as the above file is missing;

Can aynone offer a solution or point me to a relevant thread please?

I do not have an XP disc as the pc came with it loaded.

Thankyou
 

Answer:windows\system32\config\system

Hi takingatrip,

This error is a sign that the registry has become corrupt. This usually happens because of an interruption of the power supply at the time when Microsoft® Windows® was accessing Registry files. This issue may also be caused by Windows® XP (first release) bugs.

in order to resolve the issue, you should have the recovery CD.
RM Recovery CD - Windows® XP Home/Professional SP1 or SP2 (depending on what is installed on the machine)
The words SP1/SP2 will appear after the operating system name under the RM logo on the right-hand side on the Recovery CD. Please contact RM Support if you do not have an SP1 or SP2 CD.

If your computer is a RM Window Box&#8482; you may need a password to access the Recovery Console.
Please contact RM Support for the Recovery Console password.


 

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Its says windows can not because the following file is missing or corrupt. We tried press r to repair but it restarts and same screen. This is at my startup not in windows or after logging in an account. We tried using cd but that doesn't work. We need help. It will be highly appericated.
 

Answer:Help with windows/system32/config/system

try all options here http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/668-system-recovery-options.html

eventually get to no.6 go to cmd if you can , if you manage it type sfc /scannow

if no good go to http://www.ehow.com/how_4836283_repair-mbr-windows.html

if all above fails you are looking at a reinstallation
 

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\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupted. The message that comes up says to repair by starting windows setup using the original CD-ROM, then select "r" at the first screen to start repair.

I have tried this and can not get it to reboot using the CD-ROM, I changed the boot sequence to use CD-ROM first and even disconnected the hard drive.

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Is there any history to this computer? Has it been upgraded recently, maybe a new build?
 

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Windows XP homeHi ALLI stopped my computer with on off swich. Now when I start my computer this error massege (windows\system32\config\system file missing or dammege. Pls reinstall from CDPls helpThanks in advance

Answer:windows\system32\config\system

have you tried system restore to a date prior to your problem

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Just had a new hard drive fitted to my sons laptop and its worked fine for a few weeks. It now says that windows wouldnt start because the following file is mising or corrupt.Can this be fixed or do I have to wait until the man who fitted the hard drive gets back from holiday in the new year.(my 12 year old son isnt pleased being without his laptop.He has an acer running XP.many thanksJohn

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

click here

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Have a travelmate 4101WLMi laptop:
intel pentium 1.60GHz
hitachi hdd
pioneer dvd-rw dvr-K14ra
BIOS vers S3C11

All of a sudden gettin the message : windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system

I have tried re installing XP several times - no joy
bought a new hard drive - no joy
used the acer backup disk - no joy

can anyone shed some light on this as the next step is flying lessons for the laptop!!!!

thanks in advance
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Here's some light:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
 

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Hello,

I was using my laptop last night until it ran out of battery and went into hibernate mode. When I tried to turn on my computer this morning, it didn't work and instead this appeared on top of the black screen.

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 am completely cluesless right now. I don't know whether to reinstall the operating system or not. Is there a way to not lose all the files or an easy way to get it back to work? Thanks so much in advance.
 

Answer:Help!!! \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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I am having a problem witha c omputer in my office. It is Windows XP and after a power outage, it doesn't seem to want to boot up.
When I try to boot up in Safe mode it gives me Windows cannot find \Windows\System32\config\system.

When I try to repair off of my Windows XP Disk, I get errors for that as well. Short of Formatting the Hard Drive, or reinstalling Windows XP, is there anyway that I can fix this.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Allison
 

Answer:\Windows\System32\config\system

Have you checked the disk for damaged areas ? See if you can run chkdisk or scandisk off the boot CD (I don't have XP so I'm not sure what your options may be).
 

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Hi I'm going to try and explain this as best I can ...I was working on my comp with notepad open when suddenly my comp crashed , I could move the mouse but nothing else worked , I tried Ctrl/Alt/Del but task manager wouldnt appear i couldnt access Start either , anyway , I manually rebooted the system through the restart button on the base unit and the comp restarted great and everything was fine , I switched the comp of went to bed , switched the comp on the next morning and Windows wouldnt load , I got an error message saying that file \WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM was missing or corrupt , it asked me to use my XP cd and boot from it pressing R on the first screen , I chose 1 for C:\Windows hit enter for my password and typed COPY \WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM , a message appeared saying copied 1 file , so i restarted but each restart would show the above file as missing or corrupt.I then done a repair instal , everything went smoothly but I forgot what i had named the comp so I added a name ... the Windows then loaded and I had to choose from 2 accounts , I clicked on my main account and the went into accounts through control panel and deleted the acount I just added.Everything is cool except in Services start>control panel>performance and maintenance>administritive tools>services I try to run UPnP Universal Plug and Play device host but cannot get it running when i try to start it through it properties an error message appears saying "Could not start the Universal Plu... Read more

Answer:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM

I have since done sfc /scannow but the UPnP still doesnt startNotSoTechnical

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\windows\system32\config\system???

Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone can assist me with my problem. My Gateway laptop all of a sudden wont boot. It gives me this message ( Missing or Corrupt file ) \windows\system32\config\system. The laptop is running XP pro with SP1.

I have an XP cd to repair it, I just need guidlines on what to do.
So far Ive gotten to the part where it says ( Install XP on this Partition or Repair XP ) need help on what to do after that.I have no admin passowrd on it so Ill be able to get into it. I just need further assistance on how to run repair or recovery.

Any other way I can acces my files in that HD?? I need to recover my homework and other documents.

Thanks all.
 

Answer:\windows\system32\ config\system???

Just a few posts above are all the answers:
How to repair Windows
http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=8356

You could take the HD out and stick it in another PC, to access your files. You probably would need to change the jumpers on the rear of the HD to Slave.
 

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I restarted my computer and it came up with a black screen which states:
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 set up using the original set up CD rom.

Select "r" at the first screen to start repair.

I know very little about computers and I have no idea what this is telling me to do. Could someone please turn that statement into a step by step set of instructions for me so I know what to do? Please explain all terms.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I really don't want to have to take this to the shop!

Answer:/windows/system32/config/system Help!

Is this a proprietary computer such as a Dell, HP/Compaq or etc. with a restore CD or partition?Procedures to fix the problem if you have a full version XP CD and not a restore CD.How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from startingHow to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

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On my Samsung V25 the oporating system will not go beyond Windows\System32\config\system. I'm advised to use original CD-rom and type "r" to repair.

I have put in the CD and, whilst I can hear the drive working, no diferent alternatives are offered. I have tried through F8 using Safe Mode which brings the same fault as above.

Can any kind soul offer help ?
 

Answer:windows\System32\config\system

that error is well documented in this MSKB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
 

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I had to re-start my PC after it crashed and when I did it booted and aked me to choose whether to boot in safe-mode or normal, you know the drill but no matter what I chose it crashes except normal or last good config.

But even then it doesn't get far before...

File is corrupt or missing...

\WINDOWS\system32\config\system

Ive been searching the net since yesterday and ive not found a solution that works.

Ive tryed booting from my XP CD and pressing 'r' to repair XP and it ask's which to fix I choose 1 of 1 (C:/) then it ask's for the Administrator password and I havn't set one, i'm aware that it's only accessable in safe mode and that it is a default... thing :confused whith XP but I don't have a password for it and it not any of the obvious:

blank
admin
administrator
user
guest

or my login password

Anyone have any idea's?

I need a solution that doesn't require a format and re-install as I have stuff on that HDD I havn't backed up...

I keep meaning to use this HDD (old IDE one) to backup onto but I havn't gotton round to it

And If I use the bust HDD as a 2nd HDD I cannot access "My Documents" to get any important data from it :cry any Ideas there?

Please help I dying without high spec games lmao

:major.2-Bit-Geek.:major
 

Answer:\WINDOWS\system32\config\system

You have a corrupt registry hive file. Check these links for possible fixes:
http://www.short-media.com/articles/repair_windows_xp (fairly easy)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us (fairly complicated)
Both require the use of your XP disc to boot into the Recovery Console.

Good luck!
 

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Hi guys!
I use XP and lately I've had a problem with my computer freezing and not being able to restart properly.
The message says that the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system.
It also says that by clicking "r" it will start repair, but it didn't work for my computer. I've tried to turn it off, wait a while and turn it back on. That works sometimes, but most often, I need to turn it off AND unplug it, after which I turn it on and it can run windows properly. Sometimes, not always. It can also freeze at any time, when windows is up and running or when it's shutting down, whenever...
A friend of mine advised me to dl combofix, which I intend to do now... I'll let you know the results!

Answer:windows\system32\config\system

The error message you posted...is a common one, usually (if not always) relates to a registry problem.Using ComboFix won't help you with such. ComboFix is a ptent malware tool and should be run only at the request of someone experienced with malware resolutions who is going to direct you how to overcome your malware problem.In the event that you feel the need to post your ComboFix log...please post it at the appropriate BC forum (not this one), after reading guidance for posting such, Preparation Guide, Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic34773.html.Upon following the procedures listed in the Preparation Guide, post your log at BC Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum22.html.If you want to attempt to correct your registry problem...again, do not post any logs here...and take a look at Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545..Louis

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Trying to fix an HP Pavilion 503n running XP Home Edition which will not boot up. I do not have the XP Home Edition CD. When I try to go into safe mode, I get the error message Windows\System32\Config\System is missing or corrupt. I do have an XP Professional CD and can get into the recovery repair portion when I boot from the CD. I tried running chkdsk /r and the results indicated that 1 file was fixed. However, I still cannot boot into windows and still get the same error message when I try safe mode. What do you suggest?
 

Answer:Windows\System32\Config\System

Hi and welcome.
Not an easy one to solve - you will need an Xp Home install Cd - not Xp Professional, as the registry files will be differrent.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Or try and save all needed files and data - and buy a new Xp Cd and do a clean install of Xp.
How to use Linux live Cd to backup files from a dead Pc
 

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okay i was on my computer and it just shut off so now when i cut it on i cant even load up without 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 orginal setup CD-ROM
Select "R" at the first screen to start repair
 

Answer:HELP!!!!:mad: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

This is a rather difficult error for a "beginner" to recover from. If it were mine, I would follow the procedure here:

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

note: all command lines are entered as one line with appropriate spacing. In later parts of the document you may see an unintended line break due to the lenght of the commands.

If no XP CD is available it is possible to burn the "recovery console" to a CD with burning software that supports .iso files.

http://forums.techguy.org:80/t395729&highlight=recovery+console.html

A "repair" reinstall is your other option:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
 

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Help. My computer keeps throwing this up, \windows\system32\config\system and I cant figure out why it happens or what means apart from I cant start the pc. Ever time it does I have to reinstall XP which is getting a bit boring now. Any help would be great coz im getting really hacked off with it.

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

click here

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"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt" \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM "You can attempt to repair .using Setup CD.......select "r" at first screen.This gives you a few DOS commands, so I followed Microsoft Article ID 307545, entered commands in Part One and got rid of error message, but cannot boot in safe mode (or any other mode) to complete three other steps.I have also tried chkdsk /r "one or more files is unrecoverable"Any ideas.

Answer:\windows\system32\config|system

And your OS is???Do you have your OS disk???click here

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So I decided to have a go at fixing an Acer desktop of mine. It's running Windows XP Home Edition.
When started, this message appears:
"WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
add step-up disk and press 'r' to repair."

So I added an XP set-up disk which came with the computer, then a recovery disk and got this message:
Drive X: = Driver IDECD001 unit 0.

Went into the Boot Menu to change it to boot from CD.

I even downloaded a boot up file from Microsoft's website, burned it to disk, yet I still get the drive x message. Any ideas?

Thanks.
 

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Hey,
 
My Asus K55VD laptop suddenly shut down and after diagnosis a blue screen appeared saying
Recovery....
Error code: 0xc0000185
After I pressed enter to try again, it led me straight to the same screen
After pressing f8, it led me back to the blue screen but this time it says,
 
The operating system couldn't be loaded because the system registry file is missing or contains errors.
 
File: \Windows\system32\config\system
Error code: 0xc0000185
 
Pressing Esc, led me to the Aptio Setup Utility
Can anyone help me with this? I also don't care about what I lose on my computer.
I would also prefer if I didn't have to take apart my computer because knowing me, I'll probably end up making it worse.
 

 

Answer:Windows\system32\config\system

If you are not concerned about your data use the System Recovery partition to return the operating system to the condition it came out of the box.
 
Using the Recovery Partition:  Press [F9] during bootup. 
 
Press [Enter] to select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled]. 
 
Read the ASUS Preload Wizard messages and click Next. Select a partition option and click Next. 
 
Partition options: Recover Windows to first partition only. This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C" . 

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I have an eMachine T3265 with a 3200+ AMD Athlon Processor.I am trying to get my computer to boot but it will not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMIt will not allow me to start the computer in safe mode. When I try this, it continually tries to boot every few minutes. The computer will open the BIOS and CMOS setup. I have an operating system disc, but the computer will not open it when i put the disc in the drive. How can I remedy this situation?Thanks!!!Criticbru

Answer:WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Change the boot order in bios and put the cd at the top of the list. Then:Boot to the XP CD and select R (Recovery Console)At the command prompt type:ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.oldcopy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\configReboot

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Hi all,
 
My 6-month old Acer Aspire M5-481pt does not boot to windows anymore. All I see is the acer logo for more or less a minute when I turn on my laptop then it goes to a blue screen saying that the following:
 
The operating system couldn't be loaded because the system registry file is missing or contains errors.
 
File: \Windows\system32\config\system
Error code: 0xc0000185
 
I've tried pressing Alt+F10 but the screen just blacks out for a while then returns to the blue screen.
 
Can anyone please help me fix this. I don't want to lose my files. Can I just download the missing file anywhere from the internet and burn it in a cd so perhaps my laptop can copy it? I'm really no wiz at computers so I desperately need some help on this.
 

Answer:Windows\system32\config\system

Can anyone please help me fix this. I don't want to lose my files.
 
Alt + F10 is used to return the computer to the factory condition.  If you do this you will lose everything which has been added to this computer since you first started it.
 
Can you boot into Safe Mode?  
 
Safe Mode is found in the Advanced Boot Options, to access this start tapping the F8 key immediately after pressing the power button.  If the Advanced Boot Options opens use the up or down key to move the cursor to Safe Mode and click on Enter.

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well... I've done everything was written here http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=90b48a1f71ef4b8c19121aceb19f4914&/topic,46313.0.htmlhere are my logs:***************************************************SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log - 08-29-2009 - 01-27-24SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Loghttp://www.superantispyware.comGenerated 08/29/2009 at 01:27 AMApplication Version : 4.27.1002Core Rules Database Version : 4075Trace Rules Database Version: 2015Scan type       : Complete ScanTotal Scan Time : 01:16:03Memory items scanned      : 559Memory threats detected   : 0Registry items scanned    : 5348Registry threats detected : 0File items scanned        : 22249File threats detected     : 0***************************************************JavaRaJavaRa 1.15 Removal Log.Report follows after line.------------------------------------The JavaRa removal process was started on Sat Aug 29 02:46:47 2009Found and removed: Software\Classes\CLSID\{CAFEEFAC-0013-0000-0003-ABCDEFFEDCBA}Found and removed: Software\Classes\CLSID\{CAFEEFAC-0013-0000-0004-ABCDEFFEDCBA}Found and removed: Software\Classes\CLSID\{CAFEEFAC-0013-0000-0005-ABCDEFFEDCBA}Found and removed: SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Web Start\1.0.1Found and removed: SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Web Start\1.0.1_02Found and removed: SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Web Start\1.0.1_03Found and removed: SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Web Start\1.0.1_04Found and removed: ... Read more

Answer:c:\windows\system32\config\system.log

Here is the link to the process tool report for your HJT log.Follow the instructions for cleaning...http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/process.pl?o=28172331

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Help!!!!

I was cleaning up my computer using Adaware, spybot and Norton Antivirus, all in safe mode. When I rebooted to go to Windows in normal mode, I was told that windows couldn't work because the windows/system32/config/system is missing.

The computer is a SONY vaio and the ony CDs that came with it are not allowing me to boot or do anything so that I could return to a system restore point.

Can I fix this myself? Is there a program I can download? I have another computer that can burn CDs and access the internet.

Thanks
 

Answer:Windows/system32/config/system

because the windows/system32/config/system is missingClick to expand...

Was that the exact error message? I ask because that is a directory. Are you using XP or another flavour of Windows?
 

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I have recently got an error message \windows\system32\config\system. I have tried everything humanly possible to get rid of the problem. I have ran countless diagnostic test with all go acceot a Code 7 for my hard drive. The OS will not start up and will not except the XP for me to try to reboot.I just get the same screen with the error, in other word no matter what I do from F2, F8 F12 to placing the XP disc in I get the same message. nothing seems to boot up nor work. Any Ideals?
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

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this is what I get every time I try to install xp- started with new maxtor hard drive, tried 98, that was NEVER right tried update to xp- NO good so got the "FULL" version. I get all the way to finalizing, and, ooopps, there it is..xp can not install . windows\system32config\system... is missing or corrupt here we go again.... I'm going in circles here.. can anyone tell me what the heck to do....??
 

Answer:windows\system32\config\system

Have a look at How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting.
 

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got this error message but i dont have my windows xp setup disc. i have a dell inspiron e1405 with the media center edition. can i use another setup disc? i have an unopened office xp pro 2002? if yes, will i still retain all my info, pics, etc? thanks from someone who is computer illiterate
 

Answer:Windows system32/config/system

kurtg44 said:





got this error message but i dont have my windows xp setup disc. i have a dell inspiron e1405 with the media center edition. can i use another setup disc? i have an unopened office xp pro 2002? if yes, will i still retain all my info, pics, etc? thanks from someone who is computer illiterateClick to expand...

Windows system32/config/* is the System registry location containing five critical files.

The recovery goes like this:

use anything you can (even a linux cd) to boot the hardware
find the original C:\ disk
cd to the \windows\system32\config location
now copy \repair\*.* .
this will make the system bootable, but it will NOT BE CURRENT

once you reboot (with an ADMIN ID) run C:\Windows\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

and select a system restore point of your choice
 

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I am having big big trouble and I need help bad.. This is what Im getting /windows/system32/config/system This is on my desktop Its a Dell 2350
My boss told me to press F8 and take it where it says Use last known good configuration....I did that but Im still getting a message windows could not start ref missing or corrupt file It said for me to start windows set up by using the original CD-Rom.... The only CD roms I can find for my desktop is this one...Can you tell me if thats it?? It says Dell Dimension Resource CD Contents Device drivers Diagnostics & Utilities Computer Documentation....
If it is then can anybody tell me what to after that???Thanks
 

Answer:Help! /Windows/System32/Config/System

I know this is a tad late, but I was doing a google search to help someone else with the same problem:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545
 

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My bad -- messing w/ my husband's laptop trying to get rid of left over Zone Alarm and Symantec files -- used a registry cleaner and even tho I checked back up registry first, I'm stuck w/ "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt"  you can attempt to repair this fil by starting windows setup using the original setup CD rom.  Select R at the first screen to repair.  Before I tear the house apart for said cd, any other suggestions? Thank you for any help, CB

Answer:T60 - \windows\system32\config\System

Need help.   I have a T60 and it came with no set-up cd-rom.  As I try to boot up I get this message that there  is a missing  or corrupt file "windows\system32\config\system . You need a set-up cd-rom to start and then press "r".I never backed-up my files when the computer arrived. Any suggestions?Thanks,Boyk200

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My apologies in advance for being a novice computer user.

I inserted a Scandisk key drive into my computer to view some files. The computer locked up and I shut it down and removed the key drive from the USB port. I then started up the computer and got the following message:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
C:\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."

What can I do to fix this problem?

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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Okay, before you think this is an easy fix i just want to say i have been working on this one a while and here's what i've tried.

First i tried to boot from disk and then it told me that i dont even have a hard drive installed. I fixed this problem by pressing F6 when my windows cd was booting up and now it loads some RAID drivers off from a floppy disk i made up so that the HDD is there.

Just as some other posts have mentioned, i did not try the recovery console and went straight into setting up windows. When it asks me to choose a partition. I selected the one that i created when i built my computer (the one i have very valuable files on) and from there it gives me the "blue screen of death" or so my friend used to call it...the one that says the computer has been shut down to prevent damage to my computer.

Any ideas?

Also, with no other ideas i went into the recovery console... it asks something around "on what volume do you want to recover"...so i press the number 1 which is drive C then from there goes to the blue screen again.

Another thought i ran across is that the disk i am trying to use is a windows xp home and i set up my computer with xp pro....i seem to have lost the disk!!! Im hoping that's not the reason for the blue screen.

Thanks a lot!
 

Answer:windows/system32/config/system

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This is the second time i have run into this problem.

I completed an automatic update for windows XP 8-14-07. when prompted to reboot i did. system would not restart. being that this is not my main system i restored from cd but lost my pst files.

But a friend called me last night said she was working on her pc decided to take a break and eat dinner when she returned her screen was blank. i brought over another monitor and found the same thing had happened to her. this system is a pentium 4 running windows XP Pro. I am getting the following message when i try to use the last good configuration "\windows\system32\config\system".

Something is wrong with the latest XP update. Can anyone help?
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Its a coincidence, Im sure. We would see more cases of it here. That said, its a registry corruption.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
 

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If you didn't read my earlier thread all you need to know is that I was look for a series of recovery console commands to reboot my system. Well I found them but there is a new problem now.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307545

Following those steps

1. Firts off when I type md tmp it says the directory or file already exists
2. When i try and copy C:\windows\system32\config\system it says file is missing

Is there any way I can recover that file so that I can continue with this prcoess? All the other files are there, I jsut need to recover that one, please help
 

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Disregard the sig line; it's not the computer with the problem.Problem computer (son's laptop):HP Pavilion laptop, Mobile AMD Sempron Processor 2800+, 224 MB RAM (256), ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M, 1.60GHz, Windows XPI'm the one who has to take care of the malware programs for him. Last updated them on the 4th: Windows updates, AVG, Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D, CCleaner, a-squared (downloaded), ewido (downloaded and updated), SpywareGuard (downloaded and updated), SpywareBlaster (downloaded), ZoneAlarmI didn't do the screenshot/snapshot thing in SpywareGuard--I was going to go back and do that but forgot to.The computer did NOT come with a disk.The problem:When he turned it on last night after not using it for a day or two, all he got was a black screen with the following:Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMYou 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.Even though we don't have a CD, I still tried pressing 'r' to see what would happen. It went right back to the same black screen/same message.Same thing happened when I tapped the F8 trying for safe mode.So where do we stand now? Thanks.ETA: We've turned it off and back on at least three times and still the same screen. He has a Pogo game called Hammerhead Pool To Go downloaded but hasn't played it yet (I d... Read more

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Try C:\sfc /scannow from the command line. Can you F8 and enter Safe Mode? It will probably require the disk, but depending on the problem it may not.

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I have a laptop which when turned on today it went directly to a black screen which says Windows/system32/config/system files corrupt or missing. I am using Windows XP sp2 can anyone help me in simple terms. I am very much a pc beginner.
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

http://www.help2go.com/Tutorials/Windows/C:\windows\system32\config\system_missing_or_corrupt.html
 

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i have a sata hdd as my c: drive and 2 ide hdd`s set in a raid or stripe config. when i try to boot up i get the C:windows\system32\config\system error. my problem is when i try going thru my windows xp home ed. cd, and it comes to part where i`m loading in my raid drivers on floppy a, nothing is happening. bios is set for raid and drive A; is enabled(via motherboard) but nothing happens.
bios isn`t finding any mass storage units so i cant repair or renew windows.......
can anybody help? i`ll try everything but if i have to scrub all and put all 3 drives in normal mode, i will, but last resort.
 

Answer:c:windows\system32\config\system

When you boot from your Windows CD and go into the recovery console it doesn't find your C drive?
 

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Hi, new user here and I've been fed up with this problem for the last few days.

It started when I had turned it on to wake it up from Sleep mode. I had the charger unplugged at the time (I didn't realize it) when it got to my desktop and then it just shut off from the--what I'm guessing was--lack of juice getting to the computer from the unplugged charger. So I plugged it in and turned it back on when I get the ever-so-unwelcome message:

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

And then it telling me to attempt to repair it from the Windows Setup CD-ROM. Now this is where it gets even worse. I don't have the CD, nor do I even have the finances to buy one. I don't have a CD-ROM drive on the computer. It's a netbook and netbooks don't come with fancy things like that. All I have is a PNY 4Gigabyte flashdrive and one other netbook that's older and has the same version of Windows. I've checked other help sites and they all say something about entering a CD into a CD-ROM drive. Can't do that since I don't have either of those. So I'm wondering if it's possible to repair the problem with a flashdrive and programs that could repair Windows as though I'm using the CD.

And before anyone asks:
I cannot get into Safe Mode/With Networking/With Command Prompt or any of the other Advanced Boot Options as they all give me the same error. And yes, I Goog... Read more

Answer:Can't fix \WINDOWS\system32\config\system

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I have windows XP and this comes up saying that it is missing. I tried logging with last good known configuration and safe mode but nothing worked. I need to know how to fix my laptop please.
 

Answer:c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM

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\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing or corrupt file. Trying to get Dell PC to boot up,gives me above error message.Dell Dimension 4500S(service tag:6B3DM11),had The Computer Guy look,said MB is fried? I had it up a couple times,now...3.5 floppy seems to still work,CD/DVD not working, have external CD/DVD drive,PC doesn't see it at this time. Tried using Win98 PC,sees both CD drives but error msg. reads "not ready/not accessible,tried installing external drive onto it,no go there.USB don't seem to be working,except for the mouse on the Dell. What to do? replace CD-RW in Win98 PC,have file for Dell to fix the CD drive in it.

Answer:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

you can try replacing the cmos or bios battery on the motherboard.

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I posted this at the wrong section. My computer is saying file is missing or corrupt: windows/system32/config/system and press r to repair. I press r to repair it just restarts my system and nothing else. I have tried everything from cd to the windows advance options nothing is helping. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
 

Answer:help with windows/system32/config/system

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My pc will not boot up and the above is showing. Am I doomed? I dont want to reload windows, I need my old emails etc.

Answer:windows\system32\config\system

People aregoing to need a bit more info from you if they are too help. Like what OS are u using - windows XP, when does the above come up exactly.Can you boot into safe mode by pressing F8 early in the startup sequence?

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Hi,

When I start my computer i get a message saying that "windows cannot start because the following file is corrupt or missing"

\windows\system32\config\system


I have searched to try and fix the error but am getting the same instructions

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

When i type in the first md tmp, it tells me that a directory or file with the name tmp already exists.

when i try and type in

copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak, it tells me that the file could not be copied.

Any help would be great!!! Thanks!!

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Do you have an XP CD?

If so, try a REPAIR INSTALL;
How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

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I was deleting some antivirus' as directed by the CA tech help people as I was trying to install the new CA internet security suite 2010, and something bad happened and now all I get when I turn it on is this; windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.\windows\system32\config\system  I dont have the original setup CD-ROM. It is windows xp. I have tried the F8 button to start in safe mode, no good. CA gave up and said I should take it to a technician, any ideas?

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Download the Windows Recovery Console .iso (http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?showtopic=150212) and burn it to CD. Boot to the XP CD and select R (Recovery Console)At the command prompt type:ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.oldcopy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\configReboot

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if it were my computer, i would purge everything from the hard drive and start from scratch, but my friend has valuable info on the computer and i was wondering if this option would work.when the computer starts up, there is an error message which states something like "windows/system32/config/system" file is missing or corrupt.  press r to recover/repair.pressing r restarts the computer.  going into safe mode, the boot files run down the screen and stops on windows/system32/config/systemi want to reinstall windows xp with the cd that i have.  going into automated repair mode, the computer puts you into a command prompt.  at that point i doint know what to do.  i want to setup xp again, but it asks me to delete the present partition and start anew.  would deleting the present partition erase all of the data on the hard drive?

Answer:windows/system32/config/system

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm#RIThis should be helpful to you.

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Okay, well my computer can't boot up properly, just goes around setup and restarts whenever i try to start up XP, but I was clicking on some optionm, and a screen came up saying that it couldn't locate this file and i should insert the CD, except the CD was already in there....
 

Answer:\windows.net\system32\config\system

\system32\config\system is a corrupt registry - bigtime bad news. If you have a proper XP setup disk (not just a recovery disk), it can be fixed - follow the instructions here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

If you don't have an XP setup disk, unfortunately you'll need to run a full system recovery on the machine (deletes everything)
 

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I'm getting the error \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM and I'm following the steps for this but the FIRST of each commands don't work for me. (the system ones) All the other commands worked EXCEPT the first one on each

It all seems to be the system one??? Any thoughts??? These are the ones that aren?t working and the error I get on ALL of them is ?The system cannot find the file specified?

copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system

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


I?m following the steps listed here and everyone has stated, they are correct.
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

Answer:Who knows everything? \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Those steps are correct I have used them many times. You are using Windows XP and have it installed to C:\WINDOWS?

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I have a serious error when I try to boot up my machine, it states the following file is missing: Windows\system32\config\systemTHe message says that I can repair the file by using the original Setup CD-Rom and to do this I have to select r at the first screen to start the repair. I have no idea where to go from here as I don't want to format the hard drive. I boot the machine from CD and try to repair the XP installation but at the prompt c:/ in the recovery console I dont know which prompt I should use to try and repair the file that is missing.Any ideas please.Thanks

Answer:Windows\system32\config\system

Try this from Microsoft using recovery console and C:\bootcfg /rebuildThe bootcfg /rebuild command scans your computer for Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 installations, and then displays the results. From this screen, you can add the detected Windows installations to the Startup menu.When you enter this command, you receive a message similar to the following: The Windows installation scan was successful.Note: These results are stored statically for this session.If the disk configuration changes during this session,in order to get an updated scan, you must first rebootthe machine and then rescan the disks.Total identified Windows installs: 2[1]: C:\WINNTAdd installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All): When you type y, and then press ENTER, you receive the following message: Enter Load Identifier: Type the description of the installation that you want displayed on the Startup menu. For example, type Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and then press ENTER.You receive the following message: Enter OS Load Options: Type the operating system load options that you want. For example, type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.

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help my computer states windows could be missing a file or corrupt windows system32 config system. tried to do the hole f8 thing did not work it asked for start up cd but i do not have one lost god only knows where what can i do next? <snipped out email address>
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

To repair windows files if F8 doesn't work, you need a windows CD. You have thtree choices: borrow one from a friend (if you run XP Home, it has to be XP Home also), buy a CD from eBay or contact your computer manufacturer and see if they sell recovery CDs since you lost yours and the hd is not accessible.
 

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how can i repair this without cd

Answer:windows system32 config system

Download the ISO Image for the Recovery Console. Burn the Image with IMGBurn. Boot off of the newly created Recovery Console CD. Then follow these instructions

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When I start my Pc, I get the message in the title. If I press enter, the start screen comes up and the system starts up ok. Is there a way to repair this fault?
 

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

See above post.
 

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Hi

Looking for a bit of help for my ACER Inspire Netbook. I keep getting the above error message. I have tried using the original XP Set up CD to repair but it has not worked. Error message keeps coming up - \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file is missing or corrupt. How do I repair this?

Thanks

Irene

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system

Can you attach a screenshot of the exact message?

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Ok this thread has begun using my laptop as my main computer will not boot up.at start up I recieve this message: "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt"the file being the one in the title. I have tried various things already including following the steps after loading xp disk,also looked at articles of the web,but I am having difficulties because my computer has OEM software.any help thanks.

Answer:windows\system32\config\system

the answer might be here? click here=johnny.

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Hi
I wanted to uninstall a program that did not come up on windows add/remove program. I d/l a prog. to uninstall it. The prog. also had a registry cleaner/optimizer which I used. Had to reboot. when it restarted, I got a blue screen of death. pushed the on button and rebooted. Got the blue screen again. tried to repair with my re-install disk, no luck. the error message is á file is either missing or corrupt: /windows/system32/config/system.

Have alot of important stuff. Hope I haven't lost it all.

Help
Douglas
 

Answer:windows/system32/config/system

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
 

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I turned on my boyfriend's computer on a couple nights ago and instead of loading up it said:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file be starting windows setup using original setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

The problem is, I don't have a setup CD-ROM, the computer is a Dell, and any set up stuff that came with it is currently at his parent's several states away.
The other problem is, any key I press seems to re-boot the computer, only bringing it back to that message. Safe mode and last configuration do not work. No modes work.
The operating system he is running is Windows XP Home (and he had both service packs). I have Windows XP Pro on my computer, and I figured maybe I could just try to wipe his old OS and put that one on it.... but any time I try to boot from the disc (by going in through F8), it goes through like it's going to let me chose what I want to do, and before it even finishes loading, it says that there is the same type of error and it won't even boot to that. Is there any way to delete everything and start over? He says he doesn't mind losing things, since he has everything backed up. I'm just having trouble wiping his system. Any ideas? I've been looking all over the net for solutions, but most require you to access the recovery console, which we can't do. So that's why we just decided to wipe it. HELP!... Read more

Answer:Help with: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

If you wanted to wipe everything you could use a program like Killidisk (http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm) to erase everything including all files and data.

Your idea of installing XP Pro on his XP Home system, however, most likely will not work due to licensing issues. You see, unless he has an XP Professional license key he won't be able to use XP Pro for more than 30 days. Of course you could use your XP Pro license key to install the OS, but when it comes time to activate XP Professional, activation will fail because your copy is already activated on your computer, so his PC would become unusuable after 30 days. Also, do you have a Retail or OEM XP Pro? If it is a retail copy you could legally uninstall it from your PC and then install it on his PC with the same key (if it is a full version, for an upgrade version I think you could do the same but you probably would need a Windows CD from an older version, such as 98, ME or 95 to have it let you install), but I don't think you would want to do that.

If you have a new XP Pro key that has never been used before of the same type as the XP Pro CD (eg you have a new OEM key and the cd is XP Pro OEM) you could install XP Pro legally on a new never before used key. Unless you have a never before used key, however, after 30 days his PC won't work when it fails Windows activation if you were to use a key previously used.

Hope it helps,
BMR777

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Have the following message on my laptop: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or Currupt.......Windows\system32\config\system.H-E-L-P!

Answer:Windows\system32\config\system

have to copy and rename it to system32 folderthere is a way

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This morning upon trying to boot up my computer I was greeted with an error message stating the system 32 file hal.dll was damaged or missing and windows could not start. I have the same error even if I try to boot in safe mode.

I'm able to get the computer to boot up if I choose "last know good configuration" but whenever I turn it on again I still get the same problem. Last night I did install some updates from windows so my best guess if something went wrong with those.

I'd appreciate some help in fixing this issue. I have Windows XP CD that came with the computer but I would really prefer to repair the problem rather than reinstalling entirely and having to reinstall everything.

Here is some information on my computer:
Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.120504-1619)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2046MB RAM

Answer:Computer can't boot up-<windows root>\system32\hal.dll damaged or missing

If you read this -> How to start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration feature in Windows XP that should have 'fixed' most problems related to startup (if it works).

So, something is amiss.

How about a System Restore to sometime a week ago or so?

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Hey everyone,

So, I try to turn my pc on Saturday morning, and instead of loading normally, I get the message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system "

I googled this and found several helpful ideas, but so far none have worked. I've tried:
-disconnecting all peripherals and restarting
-loading xp cd from disk and running repair (chkdsk tells me my drives appear to have an unrecoverable error and does nothing even with /r and /p)

I'm really in a rut here as alot of school things were on this pc and I hope there is some way around reformatting. This just happened out of the blue too..

Any help is defintely appreciated.

Answer:Windows error: Windows\system32\config\system

Try a repair INSTALL, insert your XP CD, let it boot up, when it gets to "Install press enter" "repair press 'R'" press enter, then F8 (agree) and it will ask what you want to do, from there choose to repair the Windows version. See if that will help.

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I used Ghost 10 to restore a backed up image from my C: drive to a temporary D: drive.
I told it to make the D: active (probably a bad idea) thinking it would make D: bootable when I put it back in another computer.

I turned off my PC to remove drive D: and it would not boot.
I tried to recover using the REPAIR option on a XP Pro CD but it still will not boot.

It looks some of my boot files were moved to the D: drive. Is this possible that
I told GHOST to make my C: not boot and move the system files to D: ???

dale
 

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Hello, I have an IBM thinkpad T23 and suddenly when I turned it on it came up with an error message saying: \windows\system32\config\system is corrupt or missing. I've tried reboot from cd using home xp edition but it still comes up with \windows\system32\config\system is corrupt or missing. I cant access bios because I cant remember the password for it. 
 

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\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I have tried to boot to Windows Recovery Console.

which ends up with a Bluescreen 0x000050 so am unable to repair the files.

Minidump

Thread_Stuck_In_Device_Driver
Product Name: Intel Graphics Accelerator Drivers
Caused By Driver: igxpdv32.dll

I'm guessing it is a Corrupt Graphics Driver but i can't do anything to resolve this as it blue screens on everything that i try. Is there any files or something i can delete manually to give me basic Graphics, which will allow me to go into the Recovery Console and repair Windows etc.
 

Answer:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM 0x000050

Tap F8 at start and try Safe Mode > Last Known Good Configuration
 

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when i boot my xp machine i get that message i inserted the cd to try and recover the system and the machine asks me to boot from cd so i try to but the machine will not recognize my keyboard or any other one in order to allow me to hit a key to start the install program...i have another machine running windows 7 is there a way i can install the dead drive into that machine and edit the boot files from there if you can help with this it would be greatly appreciated

Answer:windows\system32\config\system missing

Try using the original keyboard that came with the computer. USB and/or wireless may not work in the pre-Windows screens. Mice aren't supposed to work in that environment.

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Hi i was wondering if someone could help me out, i get the above error when the system starts up, i am running XP pro.

I have gone into recovery mode and all goes well untill i get to the part where i have to copy the files.

I am getting an error, something like file not found (Im not near the system at the moment)

Is there anything i am doing wrong.

I have tried CHKDSK /r and /p.

Cheers

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default
 

Answer:c:\windows\system32\config\system is missing

Go here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
 

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Hi All.I know this is a bit of an old one but a fiend has a laptop which he needs to run in 9x due to ship navigation plans.(thats why he wont upgrade) The problem is, that he has encountered a problem when booting. He gets an error windows/system32/config/system. and then it goes no further.I have tried "scanreg/fix" but it says bad command. Also tried restoring registry from DOS but keep getting bad command.Does anyone know a simple was to resolve this or know what I'm doing wrong?Regards

Answer:windows/system32/config/system error in '98!

The command needs a space before /fix and then it will run from DOS ok.

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I started re-using an old Vostro 1510 32 bit laptop ... and got the regrettable Windows\System32\Config\System I have done some research and several attempts ...

I have an Installation CD and tried to recover (R) it gives me C:\> and not C:\
Is the C:\> asking for me to put in a password first? which I don't have and enter doesn't work.
Anything I can do at this point?

I also looked for Wdws XP to repair but it is no longer listed as such and I have a unknown partition 131072MB (131071 MB Free) so the computer does not recognize any Wdws OS. I have serious corrupt file system and prevents BootCfg and BootFix and cannot Chkdsk. Any more recommendations ...?

I also tried a couple of recovery burn on disk - rc.iso ... not working either becuz it no longer recognizes Windows.

I heard but haven't tried yet to install UBUNTU to get into computer ... any more information on this would be greatly appreciated... can I then see my files and/or operate the laptop with Unbuntu? Any file losses? Is it worth it to try?

Otherwise, my last choice is to seek out a IDE/SATA to USB Adapter with 2.5" drive to get into and save some files I may want ... is there easy to do directions after I plug it in?

All and any help, suggestions and your recommendations to get me further to recover ... is greatly appreciated. TY.
 

Answer:Windows\System32\Config\System questions and help ...

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