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windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt

Question: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt

Just replaced my hard drive after last one froze and died. On trying to install Windows Vista into the new one I keep getting the message "windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt". It tells me to restart with my windows disk and repair but it won't let me. Keeps going to the same message. Going round in circles can anyone help?

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Preferred Solution: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt

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Answer: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt

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

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hi
first off im a newb im not very good at this hence my problem

its an HP g6000 nothing modified.... other than a new screen due to breaking 3 years ago

ok so i decided to turn my old laptop on that for some reason (i cant remember) stopped working 2 years ago
ive decided to use it as a basic home system

it came on and went straight to windows boot manager giving me a 3 step solution to a problem

1. insert windows installation disc and restart computer.
2. choose language settings and the click next.
3 click repair your computer.

file: \windows\system32\config\system

status: 0xc0000225

info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.
i dont know what this means but i dont have the install disc so i got an iso online and put it on to a 8gb flash (previously using rufus)

ive plugged it in and nothing happens just goes back to error and same 3 steps

please help

Answer:windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt

ive now made a boot disc which is also failing to work..

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its a gateway laptop modle mx8711 with windows vista home premium 32-bit operating system ive tried (safe mode) (safe mode with networking) (safe mode with command prompt) ( last known good configuration-advanced) and (start windows normally) with and without the operating system disc and or the system recovery disc, ive tried the boot menu f-10 and the bios settings f-2 with or without the disc's and ive done everything i could think of in the phoenix setup utility and no matter what i change it allways goes back to (windows failed to load) help please

Answer:windows failed to start because system registry file is missing or corrupt

Go to this site http://www.aitechsolutions.net/winxpnoboot.htmland read Restoring the Windows XP registry to a bootable configuration General instructions and conventions for step by step instructions.

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My computer will not boot... I keep getting the "windows failed to start because the system registry file is missing or corrupt"...I've tried going in safemode, last known configuration, etc. I also just tried the Vista recovery disc (32-bit) and it still won't work... There is a lot of stuff on my laptop I need, does anyone know how I can fix this without having to lose all of my info stored on my computer??

Answer:"Windows failed to start because the system registry file is missing or corrupt"

Boot to the Vista CD and use the repair option(s)

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Hay my computer froze last night while I was doing the disk cleaning, cause my computer was being really slow, and I turned my computer off cause it wouldn't let me do anything. well now when I start up my computer it goes into the windows boot manager. this is exactly what it says... from top to bottom.Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. to fix the problem:1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.2. choose your language settings, and then click "next."3. Click "repair your computer."If you do not have this Disc, contact your System Administrator or Computer Manufacturer for assistance.     File: ntoskrnl.exe     Status: 0xc0000098    Info: Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.I don't have the windows installation disc and I don't really have the money to get one so can you help me please.

Answer:Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.

What makes you think it's a malware problem?

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Status: 0xc0000001
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry fie is missing or corrupt

How do I fix this without using installation disks(or any other disks)??



Thanks!

Answer:Windows failed to load because the system registry fie is missing..

Microsoft's website have a Collection of repair disks, that you can download.

Download Repair Disk for KB2823324 and KB2782476 (KB2840165) from Official Microsoft Download Center

Are you able to boot into Safe Mode?

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windows \system32\drivers\ msisadrv.sys
 
Status: 0x000000f
 
would like to repair this without reloading if possible
 
thanks
Brett

Answer:windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt

I have a few questions:
1. Do you have a repair disc?
2. If not, does the PC have a recovery partition?
3. Can you boot from a live CD (such as Puppy Linux)?
4. What were you doing before the problem started?

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Hi everybody,

This is my first post on this forum. I've recently come across a problem with my computer. I'm running Windows Vista 32 bit. I shut the computer down one day, and the next day turning it on I came across this problem.

File: \Windows\System32\Drivers\nqgbwc.sys

Status: 0xc0000225

Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

I have no clue what this means. It said insert windows installation disc and repair computer. I did this, self repair found nothing. I then tried system restore and it could not initialize which is a pain in the ass. My last resort is to reinstall windows vista but I think I'm going to lose everything.

If anyone has any advice or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Kevin

Answer:Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

First see if you can boot into Safemode without it giving you that error. If you can, first try searching for that driver to see if its even in your system32 folder.

I recently just checked my computer and it is not in mine by default, which means its a file relating to a third party program/app that has been installed on your machine. If you can figure out what the abbreviation for NQGBWC is from the list of installed applications on your computer, then you can isolate which program on startup is causing the failure on booting windows due to the missing system file.

As you may have already tried, i cannot simply google search nqgbwc.sys as it gives me just THIS post only. If you cannot find the problem, then the only thing possible from there is to reinstall your OS but of course BACK UP EVERYTHING IMPORTANT FIRST.

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File: \windows\system32\drivers\ksecdd.sys

Status: 0xc00000e9

Info: windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt.

Any help is appreciated. The computer will not even turn on or get past this point.
 

Answer:Info: windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt.

if your computer is telling you that window failed to load, that means you need to format the system and install in window on it, and you must do it before i damage your hard drive.
prince
 

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File: \windows\system32\drivers\ltoxvyo.sys

status: 0xc0000225

Vista Home Premium.

need some help on how i can get this machine functional again.

i do have the vista installation disc unfortunately due to the short length of the SATA connectors from the power supply they simply do not reach the ROM drive while being connected to the hard drive at the same time.

if anyone needs any more info just ask.
help would be much appreciated,

Answer:(Failed to load because of a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt)

Hello and welcome to the forum...

Can you tell me if you can get to your main desktop if not have you tried to boot in safe mode. Here's how to boot in safe mode just in case.

Safe Mode

But please let me know if you can get to your desktop.

Tom

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Hi I have been buying parts for a computer and i recently got all of the parts that I needed. Yesterday I put in an old disc with xp on it in my computer but some files were missing, now im stuck with my harddrive with basically nothing on it. I had someone make me a new copy of windows 7 and now the error comes up saying "windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt." I cant boot to HDD to get my registry files or anything.

Answer:System registry file is missing or corrupt

Hi and welcome to TSF you got someone to make a copy of windows 7 where did they get the copy from,if you have no legitimate copy of windows use a linux distro which you can get for free this will at least allow you to use the computer see here DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

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Hi everyone,

I have been attempting to fix my friend's laptop after it stopped loading Windows correctly yesterday. It apparently froze on her and when she rebooted it, it would come up with a screen that said:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable

I attempted to solve this by replacing the hive files through the Recovery Console. However, I then found that the source of the problem was that C:\Windows\System32\config\system
file is missing and I haven't been able to replace it. Now, when I try to start Windows normally (or in Safe Mode, etc.) I recieve the message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
C:\Windows\System32\Config\System

My friend has a lot of files that she really needs so I wanna try solving this without reformatting. Any ideads or advice?
Thanks for the help!
 

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Help needed, I have a Toshiba Satellite L300D-11V laptop which when turned on gives the message that a system registry file is missing or corrupt.

My problem is that when on very first setup I did not back up the recovery files onto DVD in case of such problems like this, my questions are, is there any way around this without the recovery disk to reinstall Vista from hardrive?

I cant find a way to do this or will Toshiba provide a recovery disk or software to download (free or to buy) and is this the only option that is available to solve my problem?

The laptop is still under warranty for another 11 months am I covered for hardware/software in this situation having taken it back to the shop I bought it from they said they could not do anything without the recovery disk.

Help, many thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite L300-11V - System registry file is missing or corrupt

Hi!

You can reinstall Vista without the recovery disks. If want to repair your computer by restoring it to original factory state, you can do it directly from harddisk (press F8 when you boot your computer, choose "Repair your computer"
and follow the menue instructions).

Normally you had should burn the recovery disk at the first startup. There is a reminder that pop ups from time to time to burn the disk.
So Toshiba does not offer a software to download, it?s all preinstalled on the notebook.

After the reinstalling, please create the recovery disk. If you need one and didn?t burn such, you have to pay.

Bye

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I've been getting an error message every time I try to upgrade my Win7 Pro install to Win10. When I researched the issue I discovered that somehow my system partition was only 37MB instead of the usual 100MB that Windows creates when installing. This probably because I cloned the drive from a 1TB mechanical to my current 256GB SSD a year ago.

In any case, I attempted to resize the system partition by using Partition Wizard to first shrink the OS partition, then expand the System partition to fill the extra unallocated space. Everything went smoothly with the resize, but now I can't boot Windows - I just get the error in the title of this thread every time. I knew it probably wasn't a good idea to mess around with the beginning section of the OS partition, and I'm really kicking myself in the pants right now for not doing a disk backup first like I knew I should have.

So far I've only tried the bootrec commands and system repair, but neither have worked. Can anyone provide some additional methods I should try?

Answer:Windows Failed to Load - Winload.exe Corrupt or Missing

I finally got this issue resolved! Not sure what did it other than pure dumb luck. I kept at it with System Repair and the bootrec commands. It was strange that I kept getting different results each time. Sometimes System Repair would crash, sometimes it would say no problems can be resolved, ect. The bootrec commands were the strangest. At the very end when I would run "bootrec /scanos" it said 0 OS detected. For the hell of it I decided to do fixboot, fixmbr and rebuildbcd one more time and it seems to have worked!

My OS is back online and the System partition is a solid 300Mb. Time to do a disk image and then try the Win10 upgrade again!

EDIT: It seems I spoke a little too soon. I can boot in to my OS now and log in, but ONLY when my USB flash drive is connected. It seems that bootrec put the boot configuration on that drive instead of using my System partition on the SSD. When I run bcdedit within windows it says "device partition=I:"

Since I can't run the bootrec commands within Windows, how should I go about changing this? See the attached image for details.

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I reinstalled Windows Vista 32 bit on my Gateway laptop using the OEM
install cd that came with it, but now when I boot up I get the following
window:

Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the
cause. To fix this problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or
computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f
Info: Windows failed to load because the NLS data is missing, or corrupt.

Reading a similar post, I tried the 3 methods from WinRE (Startup
Repair, Bootrec /RebuildBcd, System Recovery) but they didn't work. I ran
SFC /scannow from command prompt C: and it reports : Windows Resource
Protection could not start the repair service. I ran Windows Memory
Diagnostics tool from WinRE and it reports no errors on my hard drive.

I consulted the Gateway support site & also tried to access the recovery
partition by pressing ALT-F10 upon reboot, but it didn't work either. I
tried getting in safe mode by pressing F8, but I didn't get the 'Repair
your computer' option which would have gotten me into Gateway's Recovery
Management window. I can't even get into Safe mode either, it loads a list of
files and stops on Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys and then
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Answer:Windows failed to load because the NLS data is missing, or corrupt.

I contacted Gateway support via online chat. They gave me a utility to scan/test the hard drive (GWSCAN). I ran it and it reported the hard drive has too many errors, and so Gateway advised me that I have to replace the hard drive.

Case closed.

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Hey guys/gals,

I'm new to the forums and was hoping that the kind people here could help me out?
My problem being that when i attempt to boot the vista home premium sp1 system I'm working on i get the following error...status 0xc000000f "windows failed to load because the nls data is missing or corrupt"

Now I've been down all of the standard repair routes and no joy, although i have heard i can possibly take another vista install nls files and copy them to a usb drive for use in the problem machine. This seems to be above my skill set so any assistants you can offer would be warmly accepted.

Regards,
Tenuchi
 

Answer:Windows failed to load because the nls data is missing or corrupt

Do you have a bootable vista dvd?
if so
1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type the command sfc /scannow
 

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Scenario:
CMOS battery died. XP got corrupted somehow. I d/l'd Windows 7 Ultimate ISO from MSDN and made a bootable dvd. Installed Windows 7 from the DVD. When I boot up now, I get the following error:

Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt.

Status: 0xc0000098
File: Windows\system32\DRIVERS\ql40xx.sys

Can anyone shed some light on how to resolve this?

Thanks,

Evan

Answer:Windows failed to load b/c driver is missing or corrupt

: QLA40XX iSCSI Host Bus Adapter
Description: QLogic iSCSI Storport Miniport Driver
Company: QLogic Corporation File size: Various

Go to website of that company and try to download driver.

You may have to use another compter and download to a finger drive etc.
Once you have it, you can boot from the Windows DVD and try to install.

Alternatively, you can go to device manager, under view, check show hidden drivers. If you find one with a yellow marker, you can try to dowload from there.

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hi, basically I have an Acer Aspire 5738Z notebook it was going a bit slow recentley so I decided to wip it clean and start again, before I even had the chance to think about rebooting it the wholoe thing shutdown and failed to boot. I thought this was my chance to wipe the whole think clean (using Alt+F10, acre Erecovery management) so I started doin it and after 17 long hours of the progress being stuck on 82% I decided it was time to turn of the computer and try it again, which I did and the whole thing was completed fine but when it restarted it came up with the message "windows failed to load a critical driver is missing or corrupt" and attempted to restart and try again only to be greeted with the same message again!

I have no windows 7 DVD but after a few hours of scratching my head I realized that my brother has the exact same laptop so I made a system repair disk from his laptop to use on mine... only to find that "startup repair cannot fix this computer automatically" and now it boots up but gets stuck on the windows logo screen and I've currently been there for almost 3 hours!

Can anyone help me please the laptops only a year old and I can't really afford the cost to get it fixed professionaly any help would be greatky appreciated... Thanks in advance guys!

Answer:windows failed to load critcal driver is missing or corrupt...help!

Bump!

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I have recently setup a raid 0+1 array on a computer with 4 identical hard drives. I installed windows 7 and the installation without a hitch. However on the reboot a windows error message appears and says the following:

File: \Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Status: 0xc0000221

Info: Windows failed to load because the kernel is missing, or corrupt.

I have tried many things in an attempt to resolve this issue. I have tried reinstalling, using a different DVD drive and removing the RAID array to no avail. I have also disconnected the hard drive which is not associated with the RAID array also to no avail.

Any help would be much appreciated as i have been trying to solve this problem for several days now and i have come up with nothing.

thanks in advance

Twiggy145

Answer:0xc0000221 Windows failed to load because the kernel is missing or corrupt

Greetings,

In order to help troubleshoot I will need more information about the setup your using. Have you choose to use raid 0? Or raid 1? Have you configured the bios correctly? Do you have the raid drivers?

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Answer:windows failed to load because the system registry...

Hi,Sorry for all the troubles you got,. Best here is that youi may reinstall Operating system, as you said its new out of box,. you may use the steps here: http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2?7003/kw/windows%208.1%20reset

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Trying to help out the grandparents, who just returned home from a trip. They tried setting up their computer and it is giving them the message about the file missing or corrupt (something similiar to this- I may have the order wrong: c:\windows\config\system 32)
We printed off the directions from Microsoft for the recovery console. The first two files to copy regarding system and software indicate they "cannot be copied" however, the last three were able to be copied. I stopped my efforts there since the first two didn't work.
I noticed a prior post indicated I could ignore the first two copy commands, is that correct? Or can I try a repair in the reinstall option? What should I try first? Unhooking the printer/speakers? Hardware issue? If that fails, try F8 and use last known configuration? If that works, do I do a system restore? When would I use "safe mode?"

We are at different houses w/o wireless so I am trying to get all info I can before heading back over there. Thank you!
 

Answer:Windows XP home won't load corrupt/missing file

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Hello,
I've broken my desktop pc and I've tried to sort it but my skills are pretty minimal so it would be great if anyone could give me a bit of advice or point me in the right direction.

Here's a description of what happened:
After using my pc I went to turn it off as normal but I switched off the socket too soon, as the pc hadn't finished shutting down.
When I went to restart it, it seemed to be ok but before it booted up properly i got this message.

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM.
select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

Unfortunately I dont have the original setup CD-ROM, but I do have a copy of windows xp home.
I booted the pc from this disk and I pressed 'r' which took me to the recovery console, I'm well and truly stuck here, I dont know how to operate the recovery console.
Does anyone know how I can repair my pc from here or is there anything else I can do?
Many thanks in advance,
Martyn
 

Answer:Windows XP Missing or corrupt file, wont load

I've had a look at some similar posts on here and I've noticed that i seem to have a common problem, I tried following these instructions http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545 but after completing the first line I got informed that i could not copy this file, what should i do???
I cannot take the computer back to the place i bought it as it has gone bust, can I fix this myself?
I also own a laptop, is it possible to connect the 2 pc's? I have alot of documents on the desktop that I'd like to recover.
Cheers,
Martyn
 

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Hi everyone. I was hoping some of you could help me whit my windows 7 installation problem. Apologies in advance for my english skills. I couldn't find a topic for my problem so I started a new one.
 
I was meddling whit my old Computer and tried to clean install Windows 7 from CD using Sandberg external dvd drive. I set the correct boot order and booted from external device.  Windows files started to normally load files, but after it was finished I got an error message of a missing or corrupted file. I tried to boot the Computer several times and everytime  error message is the same but the missing file is different. I tried multiple boot options and also tried to restart Windows in safe mode. It just says that there is no operating system installed no matter what I do.  I've had some problems whit USB ports on the old Computer before. Could this be causing the problem?
 
Im clueless what to do next. Thanks for help in advance.

Answer:Windows 7 failed to load because a file is missing

Since you attempted a clean install...just use the Windows install disk to delete current existing partitions...then try again.
 
Before attempting an install of Windows...it's basic to ensure that the drive on which Windows will be placed...is without problems.  This can be done by attaching said drive to another system as a secondary...then running the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic.
 
Louis

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Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 years old:

I was attempting to open the last of 12 e-mails when the computer locked up. I tried Ctr+Alt+Delete and the keys etc locked.

After several attemps to start in F-8 I finally recieved the message:
Windows fsiled to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.

File: WMILIB.SYS

Status: 0xc000000f

I've searched looking for this file to no avail....if I find it or someone can give it to me, how would I load it. This is for my laptop and had no accompanied CD for Windows Vista.

Thank you for any assistance.

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows failed to load because required file is missing

Hi -

Boot up your system into recovery using the Vista DVD or the recovery partition (most systems = F10 key during boot).

From recovery perform a Windows System Restore; if not able, choose the system repair option.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Well, this one is a doozy. I have installed Vista x64 on a new hardrive after formatting it. Everything runs great until I Windows Update installs Service Pack 1.

I've been getting the same as a previous thread here, Boot Manager Failed to load - ntoskrnl.exe, but I'm able to use Auto Recovery with the Windows CD to get it working again.

Question: is the Service Pack 1 bugged from Microsoft.com? I have installed 3 times to get the same result.

Is there another mirror to get SP1?


Davis

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This must be one you guys have heard before, however i think mines a little differernt.

Ok i boot my comp and just before loading screen it comes up with
Windows ould not start becuase the following file is missing or corrupt:
\Windows\System32\Config\System

Now, i have found what microsoft says to do, which is to put a windows CD in and press r, to go to the command promt screen in order to put in a whole lot of code. Fair enough i say, looks easy enough.

One problem though, i put my windows disk in, i press r. At this stage the instructions say the black screen should first ask me for a password to log in as admin however mine doesn't. I then go to type in the first bit of code the microsoft instructions tell me to type which is MD TMP i then get a message saying access denied! i type help, see a list of commands and found the logon command, so i tried that except it doesnt give me a list of admins where i should then be able to type in the password and log on in order to be able to type the code which microsoft has to me to type.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! i really cbf formating my hardrive.

btw running windows XP SP2. Comp is P4, 1gig ram. fx5700 graphics card.
PS: instructions i am refferring to are
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Answer:No boot, File missing or corrupt: windows\system\config\system

Went through the same thing with my older computer (HP Pavilion 502n/WinXP Home). Nearly brand new when it was given to me by a friend, three years ago, who forgot to give the Windows recovery disk. Then in mid August, it pulled a similar stunt as yours.

At First it was blackscreen with "Windows not shutdown completely and options to go into "safemode" or normally. That lasted a couple of times when it suddenly would not complete the boot up and got a similar message as you did.

Took it to a computer tech, who found a BIOS glitch and thought he had fixed it.

Then three weeks later, in early September, it did it again. Would not boot up completely several times. Then it finally did....after going online for a while, it started crashing and restarting every 20 minutes. Eventually it finally did boot up to show something else on a blue screen with a list of checking files systems on C: with this:

1 of your disks need to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disk chk at any time.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)
CHKDSK verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)
Deleting index entry CAUGNJQR in ...and on and on until it reached 94% and crashed.

another boot and it was CMOS Checksum and so on.
At fourth bootup, it finally reached screen with F keys and I hit them to go into Safemode and HP system recovery (non destructive file mode).

After five hours, it completed that and Crashed. I finally boxed it up for a couple of days to take back to the... Read more

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I'll try and put in as much detail as possible, so it's easier to solve the problem.

Computer Specs

Intel Duo 6200 2.something ghz
2gb DDR Ram
Sata Hard Drive
2 x SLI Nvidia GTs

Computer is about 2-3 years old, faily good condition, been reformatted a few times, never had any real problems before (apart from occasional virus).

Basically, past few days one of the graphics card had a slight over heating problem, reaching about 80 degrees at some points and cuasing games to lag a tiny bit every few mins, not too bad. Fans all worked properly, everything else ok, computer showed no sign of impending doom lol.
This morning, I was basically using my computer and a few odd things happened. Firstly, the mouse stopped working and the red light on the mouse dissapeared ( i assume loss of power), then the keyboard stopped working and then after that the screen/pc froze for about 20 seconds. Then some kind of BSOD, and my pc tried to dump physical memory or something. I let it do this, then it restarted itself. Unfortunately, it came up with this message

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

It also said, that I could press R to try and repair file from Disk/Setup files

However,

every time i press/pressed R, it hung for a few seconds on a black screen, then computer restarted itself.

I tried safe mode etc, but literally cannot get past that screen, computer restarts itself ... Read more

Answer:[Help] Missing/Corrupt Windows/System File + More

Hi .

Seems to be varied ideas of how to fix.

Do you have an XP install CD or a Recovery Console bootable CD? Recovery/restore CDs will not do the job, IMO.

Louis

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Hey guys,

I've got a Sony Vaio VGN laptop, when I started it this morning I got the
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

I know this means there is a problem with the registry so I carried out some searches and landed across several threads and solutions. However my problem now is that I don't have the windows xp setup/installation disk and all those solutions require it. I had a set of cds but it turns out they won't work on my laptop because they're for a different version.

I also need to keep all the files and programs on the computer. So what I need is a solution that won't delete anything from the laptop.

P.S I was going to try out the first solution on this thread (which links to the Microsoft website), does anyone know if this will work and keep all the files?

Cheers in advanced guys

Answer:Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt - System

Try and borrow an XP CD (must be same version as your installation) as some repairs are just not possible without one. Borrowing one for repairing an installation is quite legal.

Follow the procedures here:

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

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This is the message I get when I try to access my computer:

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'm going through the steps in this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

And I got completely lost at step 3 for part one. Problem is, my Windows folder, for whatever reason, is on my H:/ drive. However, it only gives me the "1" option to access the C:/ drive, which my windows folder is NOT located in. What do I do now?
 

Answer:Solved: System file missing/corrupt in Windows XP!

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I cannot load Windows Vista, keep getting this error. IS there a Vista download recovery file I can use?

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I have an Ideapad S10 less than 1 yr old.  Started it up today and go the Windows error message - file missing or corrupt \Windows\System32\Config\System.    The Ideapad doesn't have an external CD drive and I'm travelling so don't have any support files with me.  Any suggestions to fix this problem? Thanks.

Answer:File missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system

use the boot option for last known working configuration.

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I'm on an older computer with Windows 2000 which has been working fine. Today, in the middle of doing nothing out of the ordinary, I got a blank screen. So I rebooted and was served up this error message: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair. I don't have the Setup disc but I do have the original program disc - but it wouldn't read it and keeps giving me the same error. I can't even start is Safe Mode. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt

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When trying to boot Windows xp home, I got the message Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. I checked Q307545 on the MS Knowledge Base. I booted up in Recovery Console and got to the prompts. It never asked for a Administrator password. I couldn’t find the SYSTEM file in the CONFIG folder. So I typed the following- Copy C\windows\repair\system.bak to C:\windows\system32\config\system. (there was a file called SYSTEM.BAD in the COMFIG folder. I tried to boot normally and it gave me same original message but the SOFTWARE file was missing or corrupt. I wanted to change everything back to the way it was but when I booted to the Recovery Console on CD it then asked me for the ADMINISTRATOR password. I tried just hitting enter, I tried admin, and I tried administrator. Nothing worked.
I need help badly.
Thank you in advance
Larry
 

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


This is the error message i have.

I have a copy of windows xp pro.

i have no backup disk.

I tried doing this:

At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
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

Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.
Note This procedure assumes that Windows XP is installed to the C:\Windows folder. Make sure to change C:\Windows to the appropriate windows_folder if it is a different location.
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Answer:help with: The following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

hmmm.......can you get into safe mode? do you have a windows xp disk? when you get one, go into safe mode and then click on start -> run -> and then type in "sfc /scannow" without the "" and make sure the windows xp cd is in the cdrom drive.

see if the command i gave you fixes the problem. basically it checks the system files and replaces any missing or corrupt file, good luck.

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Hey guys:

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3. I got up today went to turn on the computer and that's what it said, "C:\Windows\System32\config\system - file is missing or corrupt? Please run the boot cd try to fix the problem." After a bunch of googling, I assume that it's a registry problem. I think I need to do something in the System Volume Information folder, but, I'm not positive.

I did put in the original XP cd and tried to do a system repair. The computer freezes and needs to be re-booted before it ever gets to the point where it says, "Welcome to Windows Setup". A couple of times it made it to..."Windows is Starting Up". And then I get a big blue screen of death.

Also tried to run the self-extracting Guided Help program from Microsoft (307545.exe), but that looks like it installs itself and then says,"Guided help cannot be downloaded right now." I tried that a lot of times.

I have seen some manual instructions on what needs to be done, but they assume that you can get to the Recovery Console. I don't believe that I can.

I can, however get on the drive when it's connected to a different computer as a slave drive. Any suggestions would be great. I might even consider throwing the thing in the garbage as a positive suggestion!!!

Thanks

Answer:C:\Windows\System32\config\system - file is missing or corrupt?

<<...but they assume that you can get to the Recovery Console. I don't believe that I can...>>Why not? Is your disk clean? Is it damaged?Typically, the error you reported is a registry problem.C0000218 Registry File Failure - http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_repair_a_stop.htm Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 Corrupted Registry - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/205375/unable-to-use-recovery-console-bsod/ In any case...you can download the XP Recovery Console and burn it to disk, following the instructions at How to Create a Bootable XP Recovery Console CD - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/276527/how-to-create-a-bootable-xp-recovery-console-cd/.You would then be able to follow the suggestions provided in the links above.I would be concerned about the error you report when attempting your repair. IMO, that could indicate a hardware problem possibility, hard to tell since you provided no info on the BSOD.Louis

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This is what I get when I try to boot my dell 4550, " the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" I don't have the recovery disc. I've to start in safe mode but it only comes up with the same problem except it says system.log...

Answer:the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

you need to find an XP cd somwhere, no way around this, find one

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htm

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My friends computer is packed with spy-ware and viruses. I've been trying to clean it up and now I'm getting this message on start up.

"Windows could not start because the following file is either missing or corrupt. windows\system32\config\system You can attempt to repair this file by running windows setup using the originally setup CD-ROM. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair".

What should I do. The computer won't even start up. I don't know if he is running a bootleg version of windows or not. And his setup disk doesn't seem to help. Is there anyway keep from wiping his hard drive.
 

Answer:missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system

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Hi

I have just turned on my computer and have got the message "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt"

The computer is new and has windows media installed and I have not made any disks as yet

I have an external Hard Drive available as well as a 2nd PC

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Corrupt Missing File windows/system32/config/system

Vernonh said:



Hi

I have just turned on my computer and have got the message "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt"

The computer is new and has windows media installed and I have not made any disks as yet

I have an external Hard Drive available as well as a 2nd PC

Any suggestions?Click to expand...

Firstly welcome to PC Review

OK who did you buy the PC from & how long ago?
Is it under warranty?
Click Here 4 Advice
 

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Hi there!

Would someone help me with this problem. I turned on my PC this morning and when it started it shuts down on its own unexpected, everything just went off then it rebooted itself and this message shows up:

Windows could not start because the following files are missing or curropt:
\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 hope to receive your kind replies. Thank you!

By the way, I forgot what the installer CD looks like in case I need to use it. There's one here that's labelled Intel Express Installer CD, is this it? My system is running on Windows XP SP2.
 

Answer:File missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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Hi there guys,

I'd really appreciate your help with the following. I've been struggling with this C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt issue for a couple of days, and still haven't been able to resolve it. I've followed the steps recommended in this tutorial http://www.help2go.com/content/tutorials/28-c-windows-system32-config-system-missing-corrupt.html

This is what I've done so far:
I've got a copy of KNOPPIX and managed to recover the files I needed the most.
I used the iso.image file to boot my desktop and get into the console recovery utility.
I ran chkdsk (/p and /r) on both C:\ and C:\Windows and both managed 100% completion. I rebooted it, but got the same message:Windows could not start because C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt.
I run Option 3, but there were no Restore Points, none whatsoever!

I do not know if there is something else you could recommend I should do.

Another question: is it possible that the internal hard disk is damaged? My hard disk is a Seagate Barracuda. I'm wondering if I could download Seagate diagnostics tool, here:

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=seatools-win&vgnextoid=552bd20cacdec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
via Iceweasel (the internet facility of KNOPPIX Linus Live CD) and then run it to check my desktop internal hard disk. If so, how?

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Answer:C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt

System manufacturer and model?

Did you check the support pages which might exist at the website of the system manufacturer?

<<I've been struggling with this C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt issue...>>

Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 . I believe that the first source of guidance conerning such problems with Windows...should always be Microsoft, not some blog by an entity who may or may not know what he/she is quoting.

<<...is it possible that the internal hard disk is damaged?>>

Of course it's possible...artifacts are not without human error and even if they were...they can become damaged.

It's also possible that your file system is damaged. Since it is the foundation for the install of Windows...if I wanted to consider all possibilities, I would include it.

Rather than look for extraordinary explanation for what is wrong...I'd investigate the documented problem as described by MS. If I could determine that it the explained behavior has a cause that is not reflected in said documentation...then I would consider things like hardware and malware.

Louis

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Hi , i have had the error message file missing or corrupt/WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG|SYSTEM , it says to load xp setup and then hit r when prompted to start repair , however every time i try to do this it just reboots and takes me back to the same message. I have tried booting from cd with xp disc and service pack2 but i dont get any setup screen/options and no option to repair. I really do not want to lose this machine as it has all my own self produced music on it and in the past i have lost 2 machines full of tracks to other hardware related problems. So if anyone has had a simlar problem and knows how to fix it your help would be very much appreciated.

thanks, pete
 

Answer:File missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM help please

There is no option to repair during setup if the system registry hive is damaged.

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG-CORRUPTED OR MISSING
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
 

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I turned my computer off 3 days ago because I was leaving to go on a short trip. Well... I get back home today and fire the computer up. All is good, but suddenly, I get an error message.

I get a message saying:
This file may be missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System

This seems extremely odd. My computer was working in absolutely top form when I shut it off before my trip. I had no viruses, spyware, etc. Have had absolutely no problems with it. All I did was click start, turn off computer and shut down. Nothing big at all. Now I get this... I have absolutely no idea why this could have happened.

Further down in the message, it states:
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.

Well... I do, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do from this point onward. I don't know the code precisely enough, nor do I know just how I go about "repairing" or finding this file.

All help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows\System32\Config\System file corrupt or either missing. WTF?!?

I would just run a repair on the OS. That should patch things up. Not the method stated above though..this time go past that first screen as if you were going to proceed with a new install, accept the EULA then it should detect the previous version of winodws. At that point hit the "R" for repair and it will begint the repair process. This will leave all data and programs in tact, but you will have to reinstall all windows updates and service packs and such.

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My friends computer is packed with spy-ware and viruses. I've been trying to clean it up and now I'm getting this message on start up. What should I do. The computer won't even start up. He is running a bootleg version of windows. And his setup disk doesn't seem to help. Is there anyway keep from wiping his hard drive.

Windows could not start because the following file is either missing or corrupt. windows\system32\config\system You can attempt to repair this file by running windows setup using the originally setup CD-ROM. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair.
 

Answer:missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system

Tell your friend to get a legal copy of Windows, then come back and post again. Closing thread, see forum rules regarding assisting with piracy.
 

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I've tried inserting the XP sp2 recover disk, but it won't boot to the CD-ROM even after changing the setting in the BIOS and F12 selecting to boot from CD-ROM. It's a Dell 260. the message is following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM .. Ran diagnostic test which said the HDD has passed.. If only I could get to the screen to repair it. any ideas.

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

Welcome to TSF....

Since the recover disk is not going thru boot and booting up I would suggest to change the CMOS battery first then try the procedure over again, also check the recovery disk for any damage like scratches, smudges like finger prints etc.

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I have the following error, but the problem is that I purchased my PC 6 years ago from a retailer fully loaded and I received NO discs with it.  Here's the 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 CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.  My PC is an HP multi media center 873n running XP home.  Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you kindly. 

Answer:Missing or Corrupt c:\windows\system32\config\system file

Will it boot into Safe Mode?If not, you may have RAM problem, Try to re-seat it. If you have more then one stick of RAM, try to start your computer with one RAM module at a time.

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Hello! I am having major difficulties. I turned my PC off and when turning it back on I get this message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: /windows/system32/config/system

It states that I can put in the originial setup CD-ROM and select 'r' to start repair but that doesn't help me. My laptop did not come with a windows cd as I bought it preloaded from BestBuy. So about 4 years ago when my computer was overcome with the Sasser worm, I reformatted and loaded a friend of mine's Win XP Pro cd on my laptop. I still have the CD but when I hit 'r' (Boot partition recovery) it does its little DOS thing and then gives me a Disk I/O Error. I am thinking that maybe it is trying to boot from a floppy drive and not my CD drive and thats why I am getting the I/O error???

I don't know how to get around this....any suggestions?

Thanks!!
 

Answer:/windows/system32/config/system file missing or corrupt

Wierd enough, but I got it to boot up. I put in another Win XP cd I had and it didnt even ask me to reload windows or anything, it just booted up to my desktop as if nothing happened. I am going to back up everything I can right now and hope that it doesn't happen again. Thanks to those who may be helping me out as I type this message.
 

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I have been trying to fix this corrupt file problem for  a whole night and now a day. I have a netbook, no drives, and did not come with  recovery disks of any sorts. I have been on the internet downloading registry programs, folders, recovery files, on  my memory stick, which it did not read,  my external cd rom drive which did not work, it will not go past reinstall <windows root>system 32/ntoskrnl.exe, corrupt or missing. I can access bios and tried default reload settings, didn't work. I have crashed other computers in bios and partitions so I don't want to go there again. How  and what can I try to reinstall this folder, and get some sleep! Any suggestions?/recovery downloads? and how to get your computer to read them?Driving me nuts, but I will not give up until my netbook will be in non-recovery !Thank you

Answer:Missing or corrupt file <windows root>system 32/ntoskrnl.exe

From your post you say you're using a net book, not a note book. Is that right? In either case, we need to have more information about the model number of your computer. Both net books and notebooks are strange animals. Are we to assume that you're using windows XP on a net book? Most recent net books come with Windows 7, I believe.If this is an embedded version of windows XP it is highly unlikely that you could've lost a critical file.Please give us as much material you can about what type of computer this is and what your experience has been with it up to now.And by the way, if this thing is under warranty it is not, in my opinion,  worth the time trying to figure out what's wrong with the thing. You need to get in touch with the manufacturer right away before the warranty expires.

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I have an Acer Aspire One netbook that is telling me that windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. It then goes on to say that I can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM, however, there are no cd-rom slots on the netbook and I don't recall doing anything when I received it, other than following a few on-screen commands and I was ready to go. Anyone have any suggestions?
Thx!
 

Answer:file missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system

Hi - not an easy one to solve - at the best of times.
You will either need - a USB external hard drive and an Xp Cd - to try and repair the installed operating system.

Or you can use - Alt + F10 - But this will take your netbook back to factory settings.
And All data - files and programs will be lost
 

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My daughter shut my computer down over the weekend and when I started it up yesterday, I received an Error message that said File is Missing or Corrupt. Please help!
How do i fix this problem? I desperately need my computer. I have googled some solutions and I came across your website. PLEASE HELP! I CAN'T FUNTION WITHOUT MY COMPUTER.
 

Answer:Windows\System 32\Config\Software File Missing or Corrupt

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I can't access internet to implement any of the instructions indicated. black screen with white print. You can attempt to repair this file by starting Window setup using the original set up CD-Rom. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair. I put disc in but I have no access to start disc.

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

Are you running Windows XP? Your specs say Windows 7.If you have the XP CD, insert it into the optical drive and reboot the computer. Depending on the make model of the computer, the system may automatically try and boot to the CD. If it doesn't, you'll have to go into the BIOS and set the CD/Optical drive as the first boot device.Once you've saved those changes and the computer starts, it will read the CD. Just follow the screen prompts. If the Windows install is "Seen," you can repair it.

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Hi everyone,

I have been attempting to fix my friend's laptop after it stopped loading Windows correctly yesterday. It apparently froze on her and when she rebooted it, it would come up with a screen that said:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable

I attempted to solve this by replacing the hive files through the Recovery Console. However, I then found that the source of the problem was that C:\Windows\System32\config\system
file is missing and I haven't been able to replace it. Now, when I try to start Windows normally (or in Safe Mode, etc.) I recieve the message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
C:\Windows\System32\Config\System

My friend has a lot of files that she really needs so I wanna try solving this without reformatting. Any ideads or advice?
Thanks for the help!
 

Answer:File is missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System

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Hi

I have a desktop PC running Vista Home Premium SP2 and when it starts up I get the error:

Windows failed to load - registry file is missing or corrupt

File \windows\system32\config\system

Status 0xc00000e9

I have my data backed up, am I looking at having to restore Vista?

Thanks

Answer:Vista registry file missing or corrupt

If the registry is missing yes.

Do you have an OEM Factory Recovery Partition?

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When i start my desktop,i always have trouble with windows boot manager. It says: windows failed to start,so 3 recommended actions appear,completed all of them and still not fixed. File:\windows\system32\config\systemstatus:0xc000000f

Answer:0xc000000f registry file missing or corrupt

Sounds like a result of a root kit virus. Do a virus scan and then do a repair install of Windows to replace the corrupted systems files...http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/8...

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Hi,On switching on my monitor, PC was already running, the pc was in the BIOS update mode. I had previously logged off my account in Win XP and then cleaned the keyboard with a brush and blower. Can only assume keystrokes caused PC to reboot and enter BIOS update.On restarting PC it immediatley stopped and error message "missing or corrupt windows/win32/config/system." The operating system then refused to load or enter safe mode or allow to go to previous working backup. Tried to repair with Win XP disc but file error "corrupt_registry" with blue screen then kept happening. Tried to reinstall Win XP but same error occurs. Cannot get passed this error.Have two hard discs installed and disc d has win 2000 installed and will allow me access to the machine. Have windows restore points on the c drive but how do I replace the current registry with them. Or replace config system?Can you think of anything else that could be tried to resolve this problem? Have too much on the c drive to just reformat it and start again.Your thoughs/ideas would be appreciated.

Answer:Registry/Config system corrupt or missing.

Seems you have access from D drive with Win2K, why not save your data as a start. From there you can begin to work on a reinstall.

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Hey all,

Dropped my Asus eee netbook XP/Linux box the other day.
Added a new admin user to get it connected w/ vista laptop via crossover cable.
Had some problems after that & some hard reboots finally ending in the "File is missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System" on boot .
Tried getting access thru Linux, boot no problem but could not get to that dir.
Removed Seagate drive from netbook & connected to vista box via usb.
Ran chkdsk /x from cmd & let run all night. FAIL with lack of disk space. Tried to find the failed chkdsk files w/o luck.
Read about chkdsk on this site & will NEVER use it again

Read about rebuilding hives on this site but there are only 2 files in the netbook drive's System Volume Information dir....

I can get my data off the drive

Is there any hope to revive the XP OS?

TIA
 

Answer:File is missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System CHKDSK

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I often get the 'blue screen of death', but as of yesterday, it was the last straw with my computer.

I was on my computer when suddenly I got my blue screen. After turning off the computer and turning it back on, I got a message saying:
__________________
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
___________________

Now, every time I try to start the computer, this screen comes up.

I did some research, but I am **** out of luck. I don't have the original XP Setup CD (I have a genuine copy though). I tried downloading an ISO copy of another XP Setup and burn it to a CD, but it still did not boot.

I tried using the 'Xpress Recovery' option that my Gigabyte motherboard offers from pressing F9 at the start of the computer, but when I enter the program the keyboard doesn't seem to work. I also don't have the original MB driver CD (sigh).

What do I do? This is the first time I have ever had a problem with a computer that I can't fix myself.

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system file is corrupt/missing, what to do?[Resolved]

Also, I just found my WinXP Setup CD, but when it asks me to press any key to boot from a CD, it still wont respond even if I strike every single key.

Its as if my computer forgot it has a keyboard to respond to...

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Hello,

I've come across this problem with my computer (dell desktop):

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

I've tried everything I've found recommended, but I can't seem to get it to work. The only steps that seems to work for me were from this site:

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

Under "Step 1", part 5 it directs me to copy and delete a list of files. I've completed as far as deleting all the files. When I get to the task of copying the "repair" files, I get the following response:

"The system cannot find the file specified."

I suspect I don't have such files in C drive, and i and also tried to no avail "copy c:\wndows\repair\system.bak c:\windows\system32\config\system"

moreover, I am also not able to get into safe mode.

bad news for me so that I have not backup about 6 months of data and files which I still need to use. I m starting to suspected my hard disk is seriously corrupted.

While I can easily follow explicit directions, I'm no rocket scientist when it comes to PC's. pl explain in layman terms. thanks!

Expert advice is greatly appreciated!

cheers
Stephen
 

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

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I have a Rock CTX Pro with Windows XP Pro, service pack 3, 2.33 GHZ dual core.

When loading my computer, after getting to the loading windows page, it brings up an error message that says:

The following file is missing or corrupt: Windows\system32\config\SYSTEM

My gf has the same problem on her computer though this message doesn't come up, it jus shuts off after the windows loading page. We checked the USB she has been using and found it has a worm and trojan:

Worm.Win32.Perlovga.a and Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Small.apl

I have read that these load something into the system32 folder though I have found nothing about it preventing a pc from actually loading windows.

I also read that to repair it, you could use the Windows XP recovery CD and follow a certain number of steps by selecting the Repair option when it loads. However, I only have an OEM version from Rock and the Repair feature does not seem to be available on it. It only shows available partitions and asks if I would like to install Windows XP.

If anyone has any thoughts then I'd be really grateful for the help. Thanks
 

Answer:The following file is missing or corrupt: Windows\system32\config\SYSTEM Error

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Good morning/afternoon/evening.

Will try to keep this as short as possible.

Have a Dell Dimension E510 desktop with a 150gb hdd I partitioned when the computer was purchased in 2007. C:\ was sized to approx 30gb, and D:\ was sized to approx 120gb. Now, onto my current problem(s):
10 days ago, my desktop presented the following after a reboot:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". This also coincided with a power supply failure shortly thereafter, which has been replaced.

After replacing the power supply, the above error would still display after reboot. I attempted/completed the following:

1. Tapped the F8 key to get to the ADVANCED BOOT MENU, and tried the LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION option - to no avail. Still received the file missing or corrupt error.

2. Tried to get to SAFE MODE WITH COMMAND PROMPT from the ADVANCED BOOT MENU, but it would still result in the file missing or corrupt error.

3. Inserted the OEM OS disk and booted from there. The Windows XP Setup window appeared, with this:

"To Set up Windows XP now, press ENTER."
"To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R."
"To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3."

I selected and pressed the <R> key to enter the Recovery Console. This got me to:
C:\WINDOWS\

I typed:
chkdsk /r
and hit <ENTER>

The result was several (4?) files were repaired, and I t... Read more

Answer:Ran CHKDSK /R for Missing or Corrupt Registry File, Now Have an HDD Issue

Ubuntu is a good approach. If that does not work, I would take the drive and put it into another computer that works (setup as a slave drive) and move data important from both partitions to a new backup medium. I hope this information helps.
 

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Had something like a virus on my computer called 2.exe. I was given advice by someone on here that is adware removal certified to download AVG. I used it, no problems. A month or so later started having more symtoms of a virus, I ran AVG again and it told me I had adware, I removed the adware. Started having more problems, now when I try to start my computer it says can not open windows Winnt\system\Config\Systemced file missing or corrupt. Is ther somewhere I can get this file without the Windows Cd? Please help.
 

Answer:Windows won't open. Winnt\system32\Config\System file corrupt or missing

Hi, welocme to TSG,

you should post this in the W2k/Xp forum as you have a Operating system problem!
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269075
 

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When I turn on my computer I get the following error message :

Windows could not start because the following gile 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 rat the first screen to start repair.

I cant fix this problem because I dont quite understand what to do.
First I put in the Toshiba Setup Recover CD and then I turned on the computer.
When the Toshiba screen came on I held down r
Nothing happened and I was returned to the original error message

Second: I tried holding down c when I turned on the computer because that is what the cd said to do
The CD loaded and brought me to a screen that asked me if I had backed up all my files
I dont have them all backed up, only some, because previously there was no problem with the computer and I didnt think I would restart it.
I hit no and so I dont know what to do next.

I cant lose everything on my computer or else I would just re-load windows. What should I do?

Is there anyway for me to backup my documents and then reload everything, or is there a way for me to just repair the system without erasing it?

Thanks for your help
Josh

Answer:Startup error - File is missing or corrupt : windows\system32\config\system

That error means the registry is corrupted.

First you should check the memory, it may be corrupting the data. Did you install aftermarket memory recently? Go to www.memtest.org and boot memtest from a floppy disk or CD.

To recover your data, you can remove the HDD and connect it to another PC using a 2.5" USB Adapter. Then put the HDD back in and run recovery.

To fix it, you can try reverting back to the last known configuration in the Windows Boot menu. Press F8 when Windows just starts to boot to get to the menu.

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I am unable to start my computer. I receive the error message: the \windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt. I cannot move forward as F8 wont allow access to the Qosmio Recovery disk that came with my Qosmio F15-AV201 - after I receive the error message, nothing happens. I have Windows XP Media Center Edition.

My concern is that besides receiving the missing file error, my CD drive might be inop, and maybe that's why I cant access what's on the CD or reach the computer's restore options. I'm beginning to think that I'll have to remove my hard drive so that I can copy my files and then move on from there.

I am desperate to get this machine up and running, and will appreciate your suggestions.

Thanks!
Denise

Answer:Startup error - File is missing or corrupt : windows\system32\config\system

If you are getting this error message first diconnect the printer and network cable. After that disconnect all USB devices.

Then Restart your computer and go to BIOS, set all USB devices to no boot.

You will not get that error messages again.

I Hope This Help.
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Hi,

I get an error message when starting up my Windows XP media Centre pc.

The problem is, before it ocould get on to the logon screen, i get a message saying:
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Windows Could not Start because the following file is missing or corrupt

\Windows\System32\config\system

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I Have looked at other forums with similar problems but i casn't seem to understand anything.

Also I have tried to boot the pc up in safe mode, but when doing this, i still get the same error.
System restore is active on my computer.

Another problem with this is that i do not have the original XP media centre cd for it. It did not come with one. But I have XP Professional SP2 CD. Will this work?

I do not want to have all the files deleted.

Please could someone help.

Thank You.
 

Answer:Emergency Help Needed: Missing or corrupt file: \windows\system32\config\system

If You Are Lucky Maybe The Person That Programed Your Computer Copied Setup To The Harddrive.if So You Just Need The Correct Floppy Or Maybe You Can Get On By Selecting Prompt And Typing In The The Path To Setup.you Could Also Load Your Other Program So You Can Look At This Os To See If The Setup Has Been Copied.do Not Overwrite Your Corrupted Os.install The Other Os In A New Directory.if You Do Find That Your Corrupted Os Has The Setup Already Loaded It May Be Just A Matter Of Clicking Setup In Your Corrupted Os To Activate.if So Select Repair.if Secondary Os Chooses To Install Into Your Corrupted Os Choose A New Name And Create A New Directory.seeing How The Secondary Os Is Only Going To Be Used For Repair You Can Name This Directory Any Thing You Want.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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Last Sunday I ran into a horrid problem with my Asus c90S machine and Vista.

I am unable to boot windows due to a corrupt or missing registry. I've tried repairing from Install disk and also using the restore point fix. Neither of those are able to fix my problem. I've used chcdsk /f and many other command prompt commands to try and fix the problem myself, but I'm at a loss.

here is the direct file that I think is causing the problem:

\windows\system32\config\system

Status: 0xc000000f


I would love to be able to save a few of my files. Can I transfer my files from my HD to an external USB HD? If I attempt to reinstall vista from start, would I lose all of my files?

And finally, does anyone have an suggestions as to the problem and/or fixes?

I'm running a Hiatchi (sp?) harddrive. I apologize for any missing information.

Thanks,

troyst83

Answer:Vista Boot Problem - Registry File Missing or Corrupt

Yes, you probably can transfer your data to another media.

I recommend buying an external hard drive enclosure. It's very similar to an external hard drive, but you are able to put a normal hard drive inside it and read it like a USB drive. They're very cheap, from what I've seen.

If you attempt to reinstall Vista, you will lose all your files.

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Hi
recently every time i turn my computer on i keep getting these 2 messages. 'unable to read the file, windows\system32\config\system.LOG' as its corrupt or missing, please run the chkdisc service. I do run this this program, but nothing happens & it keeps saying the same warning when i start windows.
The second warning i keep getting is 'fsusb ex-service is missing, No ex fsusb Ex device'. I havn't changed anything on my computer, so i am very confused as what is causing these warnings as they have only started to appear in the last week.
Below is my hi jack this log file. I really don't know what else to do. My computer seems to be running slower also. It won't let me use system restore either. Please help!!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:17:11 PM, on 4/13/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
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Hi, I have been having serious difficulty getting my laptop to start in the last few months but have usually been able to solve the problems for a while until they come back but now I am faced with a new boot issue that I cannot fix.

When I turn on the laptop, after about 5 minutes I get the message "windows failed to start because the system registry file is missing or corrupt" and gives this location windows\system32\config\system and also status: oxc000000f.

I am instructed to boot from the vista dvd and repair windows, startup problems or whatever but when I try this I get the exact same message described above.

I have had a lot of startup problems recently but they have always been solved either by booting from the dvd and reparing startup problems, or more commonly, by running the chkdisk which would generally have my laptop running well for a week or so before new problems occurred.

I've searched the web but people keep suggesting booting from the vista dvd which as I said isnt working. No matter what I try I get the same message, safe mode etc will also not work.

Please help, I'm getting a new laptop in late october so I just need to get this thing working for another few weeks.

thanks in advance

Answer:vista wont boot, system registry missing or corrupt

try using system restore which can be accessed from the vista dvd after going into the repair your computer menu

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I downloaded Kapersky internet security 7.0. It was working good for a couple days, and then it identified some file that was named something like win32/winlogon.exe, as behaving suspiciously. So I quarantined it, and then the computer shut down, and when it restarted, it went throught that initial Windows loading page, and then right before I get to the part where I choose which account to log into the computer with, the computer restarts. I have tried to run the computer in safe mode, and done like all the options in that screen, like restoring last known settings or whatever. The only thing I didn't do on that menu was something where you type commands, and I dont know how to do that kind of thing, nor did I even know my password to start the process lol..

Some people have told me to try fixing Windows with the Windows Recovery CD that comes with the computer.. but I lost this a couple years ago when I moved. My computer is a Compaq Presario SR1135CL, I have Windows XP Home, with service pack 2. I contacted HP to try to get a new recovery cd but the person I talked to said he couldn't help because my warranty ran out. But he said if I paid 59 dollars, he could connect me to a technician who could solve the problem in a matter of seconds.. So I don't know if the problem is actually something very easy to fix or if he was just trying to scam me into paying for a service..

sorry so long, thanx for reading

Answer:windows wont load b/c missing system file

Winlogon.exe is used to facilitate logins/logoffs and is a necessary file. If you could find another XP Home disc you can repair the OS and that should fix it. Other than that you could try copying that file from a working computer and put it in the folder where it is supposed to be although i don't know if that method will work or not. And the HP guy was probably going to tell you to use the CD to fix it in a matter of seconds.

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I downloaded Kapersky internet security 7.0. It was working good for a couple days, and then it identified some file that was named something like win32/winlogon.exe, as behaving suspiciously. So I quarantined it, and then the computer shut down, and when it restarted, it went throught that initial Windows loading page, and then right before I get to the part where I choose which account to log into the computer with, the computer restarts. I have tried to run the computer in safe mode, and done like all the options in that screen, like restoring last known settings or whatever. The only thing I didn't do on that menu was something where you type commands, and I dont know how to do that kind of thing, nor did I even know my password to start the process lol..

Some people have told me to try fixing Windows with the Windows Recovery CD that comes with the computer.. but I lost this a couple years ago when I moved. My computer is a Compaq Presario SR1135CL, I have Windows XP Home, with service pack 2. I contacted HP to try to get a new recovery cd but the person I talked to said he couldn't help because my warranty ran out. But he said if I paid 59 dollars, he could connect me to a technician who could solve the problem in a matter of seconds.. So I don't know if the problem is actually something very easy to fix or if he was just trying to scam me into paying for a service..

sorry so long, thanx for reading
 

Answer:windows wont load b/c missing system file

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After getting my laptop (esystem) back from a charlatan that wanted to charge me 80 quid for getting rid of my bios password, i found the password and found that windows xp had been installed on it! the os was vista, i tried to reinstall vista but to no avail due to a message saying : windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt staus 0xc00000e9 file: windows\system32\drivers\acpi.sys
ican't get past this
any help would be appriciated, thanks.
 

Answer:Critical system driver is missing or corrupt staus 0xc00000e9 file: windows\system32\

hm ... I think that is referring to your HDD drivers. If you don't have a drivers disk already, then:

1.) Enter your BIOS
2.) Write down the make and model of your HDD
3.) Download the drivers for your HDD from it's manufacturer's website.
4.) Burn the driver to a disk (a jump drive might work, I can't remember)
5.) Your Windows installation menu should have a "load drivers" option some where.

EDIT: Nice catch, Archean! My tired brain didn't pick-up on that time-saving possibility.
 

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We bought a rebuild ... Dell, Intel Pent 4 @ 2.8GHz, 1 GB RAM. 80 GB HDD, Win XP Pro. This is not the first time we've done this, but this time things didn't go so well.

We hooked it up to the router to get it going ... disconnected it and it didn't pick up the wireless signal, so we reconnected it to get the stuff needed to get it going. We thought we'd get it all ready and worry about the router later ... other devices in the house caught the router's signal, so one bridge at a time .. (Any ideas with that?)

First thing, we went to filehippo and downloaded and installed: AVAST, CCleaner,Flash AND Open Office and the necessary JAVE runtime deal OO requires. THen, we resterted it. My daughter insisted we go back to filehippo to download iTunes. I did. While there, I also downloaded Adobe Reader.

Then we went to microsoft.com to get updates .. there were only 3. I was feeling pretty good about how fast it was all going. Then, we went back to filehippo to get the media player upgrade. WHILE the media player was downloading, the computer all of a sudden 'died,' the green "I am on" light was a bright yellow and the monitor said that it detected no input. We had to unplug it from the wall to start it back up.

We chose normal startup and it went to the XP screen, then we got this mesage:

"STOP:C0000218 {Regostry File Failure}
The Registry cannot load the hive (file):
/SystemRoot/ system32/config/SOFTWARE
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Answer:"STOP: C0000218 ... Registry cannot load the hire file... corrupt, absent ... physical memory dump complete..."

Hi .Take a look at Corrupt Hive.Louis

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The other night I went to turn on my computer and received this message:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Windows\system32\config\system
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.
I have a Toshiba Portege (tablet, bought in September 2007), with Intel Centrino Duo and Windows Vista Business. I know that you would probably need more information about my computer, but that is honestly all I know about it. My computer was bought through my school, and my tech support guy did not provide us with the Vista installation disc, and I have no way of reaching him until I return to school next week. However, I need my laptop before then (I am currently on my mother's laptop). Is there any other way for me to solve this problem, or am I out of luck?
 

Answer:Corrupt System Registry File (Error 0xc000014c)

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I have had multiple problems with my computer in the past few weeks. Programs will stop responding. It is overall sluggish. I have ran virus scans and malware scans. nothing comes up. I use MSE virus, and Malwarebytes. Again they have found nothing. My internet stops working and I have to delete and reinstall my adapter drivers. I have taken screen shots of the errors on my log if someone could please assist me. I dont know what actions to do to repair this problem. The only actions I have taken so far are running CCleaner, and backing up my system as I fear this will only get worse.

Also my system is a Dell XPS 1640 running Windows 7 64x

Screenshots below:

When it says Windows Failed to shutdown properly it is because my computer was on Sleep mode and it got a blue screen, I believe from overheating, and it would shut itself down. This started a few weeks ago but was never this often.

I have had several random Registry hot key failures, I have no idea what this means but even when using the Screen Capture program I got a registry hot key error.
I believe I am having some serious issues. I need to know what to do to fix this before it crashes my entire system for good. Someone please help me. I can provide more detailed information if need be, I just dont know what else you need to know.
 

Answer:Windows Failed to start, Hive corrupt? Several Registry errors?

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So my computer had been acting up, and I decided to shut it off and turn it back on. To my dismay when I tried to load it back up, it went through the checking ntfs screen, but when it got to the end, it just froze. I restarted it and eventually got the error that my ntoskrnl.exe file was corrupt. I put in my Vista installation disk to try and do a chkdsk, but when I tried to load from cd, the files loaded, and then I got a BSOD saying driver_irql_not_less_or_equal. I cannot start in safe mode. I am currently on my laptop, and I really do not know what to do at this point. If I were able to reformat, I would, but at this point, I can not even do that. I suspect it is a hardware problem, but I have never even heard of this happening before.

Answer:BSOD, corrupt system file, I can't even load from disk

I just tried to load it without certain sticks of my RAM, still no dice. I really need to get this rectified and avoid a wipe if at all possible.

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When stating Win 2000 I get a message that reads missing or corrupt C:\winnt\system\config\system-ced file
I am instructed to intall the win 2000 disk and hit "R" for a repair but I keep getting asked for the Emergency Repair Disk. I dont have one or how do I make one. Please help thanks in advance.

?? What causes this error and how can I keep it from happening again because I think this happened before but I dont recall how I resovled it.
 

Answer:Missing or corrupt C:\winnt\system\config\system-ced file

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Hello,
I have a windows 7 machine that we use every now and then, a recent item found that since about 03/2015 it has not been updating.  I ran many checks, re-register, Fix-its etc with not success.  It will either hang when checking for updates continually, or run and show that some items were fixed however there is still issues with the windows update reg either missing or corrupt.  I think the error code was 0x080070003.  I need some help with this as we would like to upgrade to windows 10 however it seems that this will not be accomplished with these problems.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Thanks,
D
 

Answer:Windows 7 registry missing or corrupt

Download and run the Windows Update Readiness Tool.
 
I would also download and run the following 
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083710
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104

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Hi All,

I need urgent help!! I have come home and switched on my PC, only to have this message come up:

"C:\Windows\system32\config\SYSTEM is missing or corrupt.

Attempt to repair by starting Windows setup using the original setup CD Rom"

I tried a Non-Destructive recovery, but that stops at 80% and restarts itself with the option to start in Safe Mode and so on. None of these work!!

I don't want to try anything as I do not want to lose all the data on my PC.

What can I do to get this working again.

I have a repair CD, but I do not know what options to do at the C:\Windows prompt.

Help!!!

Thanx

further to above - looking on various websites, this is what they say to do:
md tmp
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 have done the first 2 lines. Before deleting the 'system' file, I had a look in the repair directory and the system file i see is system.bak. i am thinking this is not the file i am to copy over.

Can you please advise.

Thanks
further to this, I copied the system.bak file to a tmp directory along with the files software, sam, security and default from the config folder and then copied these files from the repair folder to the config folder renaming system.bak to system.

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I figure can simply reinstall XP and solve the issue. The problem is the XP disc I have is an upgrade version. Since the system file is gone, it won?t let me ?upgrade? since it thinks I?m not upgrading, but rather trying to install a new version. It asks me to insert my original system (2000) disk. Problem is the disks that came with the original computer really aren?t ?system install? disks but either System Restoration Kit or Operating System Backup CD. I?d prefer to not have to buy a new version of XP or Vista, but not quite sure how to solve this.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Corrupt/Missing System File

Questions:
1. Your new computer: What operating system ... XP, Vista or 7? Did you get a Windows installation disk (not a recovery disk) with it?
2. Do you have a working floppy disk drive in the Gateway?
3. Do you have a working CD-ROM disk drive in the Gateway?
4. What is the brand and model of the system hard disk drive in the Gateway? Is the hard disk drive connection type IDE or SATA?
5. Do you have any bootable disks already created that you may be able to use for the task ahead eg Linux OS?
6. Your internet connection (for downloading tools which may be of considerable size, using your new computer?): Hopefully not dial-up ... ?

Please see the following recent/current thread to get an idea of the steps that may be necessary, and an idea of just about everything that can possibly go wrong ...
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=199765

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Hello,

No. Copying those files will do nothing. Those are the boot files which you have. You are missing the system files. Not the boot files. You will need to get a hold of a XP CD that matches your system.

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