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

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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,

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\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.


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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?



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!


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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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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?

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

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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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Hello sevenforums, I am greatly needing your assistance. Earlier today I uninstalled avast! antivirus as it was hogging up more RAM that I wanted. After restarting the PC to my dismay it would not boot up, going into a system repair which would then fail.

I looked at the details regarding the failed repair and it said \windows\system32\DRIVERS\ACPI.sys is corrupt

I went into the advanced options and it would not give me a restore point or restore image to use.

I googled for hours regarding this issue and tried several fixes using the command prompt including chkdsk, bootrec, and finally I found this which seemed to pertain to where I was at in regards to fixing this myself:

"If the Bootrec.exe tool cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order in which they are presented. Press ENTER after each command.

Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

Bootrec /rebuildbcd"

-It did find a windows installation when previously it wasn't, I crossed my fingers and restarted and still nothing.

Now when it attempts to boot it does not go into a system repair, instead, it immediately says:
-File: \Windows\system32\DRIVERS\ACPI.sys
Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

It no longer gives me the option to go into system recovery, so I can no longer get into the command prompt, it would never boo... Read more

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I have an old Acer Aspire 5672 WLMi with these specs

Windows Vista Business x86 SP1
Centrino Duo 1.66Ghz
2GB 666 Mhz RAM
Mobility ATI X1600 128MB

The laptop had been experiencing heating problems so I stopped using it for a while.
After I finally decided to clean up the cooling fan months later, it would appear that the OS got corrupted while sitting there...

I'm getting the following error:

File: \Windows\System32\Drivers\pvkqm.sys
Status: 0xc0000098
Info: Windows failed to load because a Critical System Driver is missing, or corrupt.

I know that a recovery disk might do the job, or I could simply reinstall a fresh copy of Vista/Win7.
The problem is, the optical device of this laptop is also broken. I cannot even access a bootable DOS

Is there any way for me to get around this problem without using a CD/DVD of some sort?

Answer:Critical System Driver is missing or corrupt...

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I used to fix computers awhile back. Decided to help out an old customer, who can't find anyone to fix his computer during the Christmas period. He says its stuck in a automatic startup repair loop. And the last thing he did on the computer was click restart to install some windows updates. He said he tried a few fixes he found on youtube fixboot and fixmbr etc. But none of them worked. The Last thing he tried was fix boot problems using a macrium repair disc. And this is where I pickup the computer.

I using macrium myself to create images of the 2 HD's in the computer. And checked the health of the HD's with HD Sentinel. And health is good with them. I then tried startup repair options and tried to get into safe mode. System restore doesn't work either.

I attached a screenshot of the screen it boots into atm.

What would be my next step to take to tried and fix this computer?

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My windows failed to load b/c a critical system driver is missing or corrupt.

File: windows/system32/Drivers/gjofl.sys

Status: 0xc0000225

Prior to this, I had received some sort of virus that microsoft security essentials claimed to quarantine. I also ran malware bytes. After the scans, my computer accidentally became unplugged and died (the battery is shot). After trying to restart, I received the error msg.

I have tried booting up in safe mode and it doesn't work.

I also ran diagnostics -- the only msg I received was: "diagnostics not found on utility partition". I have no idea what that means.

I am being prompted to insert my installation disc to repair my comp, but windows was preinstalled so I don't have that option.

Please help!

Answer:Windows failed to start b/c critical driver is missin or corrupt

I dont know the answer, but I have a suspicion, that maybe, that driver has something to do with the virus. I googled the driver, nothing. I looked at my computers drivers (cmd prompt and type driverquery) and I do not have it.

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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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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.


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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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

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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I upgraded my Toshiba laptop automatically from 8.1 to 10 when the software came out (months ago) - have had no issues with it.
Then I was using my laptop it flashed blue and turned off. It now comes up with with recovery - your pc/device needs to be repaired (see image) - I'm able to access the recovery settings - have tried refresh, system restore, automatic repair, nothing works and seems to get worse. I've searched for the last day forums and most people seem to have boot/bcd errors and so don't work for this problem. I have a lot of personal files/photos that haven't been backed up for about a month and want to save them! Please help. I've downloaded the Windows 10 iso to a usb - but have only get semi regular access to a Mac so unsure if it's bootable. Any help would be greatly appreciated - sorry if this is the wrong place for the thread.

Answer:Windows recovery, missing/corrupt critical driver error 0xc000000d

First option.
Try to get a live linux boot disk and boot from that to make a backup of the files you need.
(Always have this option open to recover files in cases like these.
You can try elementary OS or Ubuntu :
Download elementary OS
Get Ubuntu | Download | Ubuntu

Once you get them, Follow instruction available, Make that into a USB, boot from it, Live save your files to where you need and then you can proceed with windows error fixing or clean install with out worries.
Tool to make bootable linux usb :
UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads

You can also use the live disks to replace the missing/ corrupt file inside your windows directory.


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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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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


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


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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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 read Restoring the Windows XP registry to a bootable configuration General instructions and conventions for step by step instructions.

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I've got an HP G6000 laptop running Vista 32 that has developed a fault. When I try and boot it up, it comes up with the error screen;

FILE: \windows\system32\drivers\ndis.sys

STATUS: 0xc000000f

Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt
I've done what it suggested and put in my Vista disk to try and repair it, but when it gets to the system reovery options, there is no Operating System listed. It says I should load drivers for my hard disks if I don't see the operating system, but I've not got a scooby as to what these are...

If I click on next, I get the various Recovery tool options, and have tried the Startup Repair option, which runs through the check and says it is repairing disk errors, but once it has completed this, it reboots and does exactly the same thing. I can't restore unfortunately as I've stupidly never backed it up at all, so there is nothing to restore to...

I'm guessing this is a problem with the hard drive? Unless anyone has any suggestions as to what else I might try?
Or if it is the hard drive, how I might get some stuff off it before I chuck it (My itunes basically... can cope without the rest...)

Many thanks in advance


Answer:Critical System Drive Missing or corrupt and cannot Repair

Are you using full version Vista DVD to boot?Run hard drive diagnostics: (or sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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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)??


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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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 I have installed 3 times to get the same result.

Is there another mirror to get SP1?


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My vista 64 machine decided to no longer boot yesterday. It kept giving me a message that a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt. Said:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disk and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language setting, and then click "next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

When I put my original Vista64 disc in the drive it sometimes loads and sometimes not. Even when it loads files it still locks with the same message, but with different drivers corrupt each time. It will not get to any screen where I can actually work with windows. I disconnected my hard drive thinking that might be the problem but no difference.

This computer is a couple of years old and had a lot of problems at first with vista 64 but has been working very well for over a year.

I don't even know where to start on getting this running again. I was going to just install a new hard drive but that obviously is not going to work since I cannot get my vista install disk to even boot well.

I have an EVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard with 4 megs ram, qx9770 quad core processor, and MSI 280 GPU.

Any ideas? This was expensive to build and was supposed to last me a lot longer than a couple of years.

Answer:critical system driver missing

Hello Norguaard,
Have you gone into the Bios to make the "first boot device" your DVD/CD ?.
Take a look here and follow the tutorial.

Repair Install For Vista

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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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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I have a problem with my ThinkCentre E72 (Windows 8). Suddenly, it shuts down with "shut-down" screen. Later, in my Event Viewer, I found the following System Warning:"The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device ROOT\SYSTEM\0001" where the source of problem is Kernel-PnP. Only thing that is plugged in my computer is mouse, keyboard and monitor. Many thanks,Matija 

Answer:E72 - The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device ROOT\SYSTEM\0001

In case anyone else is affected by this, please have a look at my post in Kernel-pnp (PLEASE HELP). Best regards // ThinkErEr

ThinkCentre M900 Tiny, i7, 16GB, Samsung 950 PRO M.2 NVMe 512GB

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Resently I  was given an old ''Dell Dimension 2400'' purchased back in 2003, without the origonal xp disk to reformat or restore. I didn't care because I have a ' w7 32 bit ' I was planning on putting on it, if it ran well. I cleaned it up, ran all the updates and put more ram in it.. it ran great...for two weeks. It has both a cd and dvd drives and has a pentium 4 processor.
Now when I boot up it says - windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system 32\drivers\pci.sys - you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows using the original setup cd-rom. select ' r ' at the first screen to start repair.
Googling I found that this computer has xp partitioned on the hard drive and it came  two disks called "recovery" and  "resource" to be used when you need to repair or want to restore instead of coming with a wxp disk so one could reformat.
Does anyone know how I can fix the missing file issue?
So far what I have tried is, I bought a  '' automatic drivers recovery for dell dimension 2400'' disk. It did nothing.

Answer:Missing or corrupt system driver pci.sys

Can you boot into Safe Mode?
If you can I would suggest that you run chkdsk /r, this will repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information.
Click on Start, click on Run and type cmd in the box and press Enter.  
You will see an image similar to the one below.

Type in or copy and paste chkdsk /r
You will get the following message:
Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process.  Would you like to shcedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts?  (Y/N)
Press the Y key, then press Enter
Restart your computer to run the scan.  This has five sections and will take some time.  Please don't try to use your computer while this scan is running.
There is a file titled i386 which contains a copy of the pci.sys file that you can overwrite the corrupted one with.  
You will need to go to Start, then click on Run.  Then copy and paste the appropriate command below.
If this computer does not have SP3  copy and paste this in the Run box, press Enter    copy c:\windows\system32\dllcache\pci.sys c:\windows\system32\drivers
When you are asked if you want to overwrite the existing file respond in the affirmative, you should get the message 1 file(s) was copied.
If this computer does have SP3 copy and paste this in the Run box, press Enter   copy c:\windows\Serv... Read more

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"OMCI system driver failed to load on start up." Source: Service Control Manager.

I have had this error message appear repeatedly over the past 2 months or so.

More recently the following also fail to load:

Windows (XP SP2) also often fails to start, sometime failing after the Windows logo screen has run, sometimes it doesn't get that far. Hitting the power and re-trying works...

Any advice appreciated.

Answer:System driver OMCI failed to load...

PC tools Anti-Virus Engine (now uninstalled)

Also have frequently hung on starting.

Another recent error:
"The Messenger Sharing Folders USN Journal Reader service service failed to start:
...The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. "

Another recent error
"An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation."


"The device, \Device\Scsi\JRAID1, did not respond within the timeout period."

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My CD Rom is not operating. I receive a code 39 that the driver is either corrupt or missing. How do I fix this issue? My computer is out of warranty. My laptop is the HP g72t wj744av. I do not know when this occured. I just did started it up yesterday and it ran some updates from windows for the operating system, for office 2007 and a few others. I uninstalled the dvd and reinstalled it with the same problem still there. Is there a fix for this other then going in deep and redoing the computer from scratch? Thank you,Swobby

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Answer:code 39 dvd system driver corrupt or missing

Hi, First, try the automated fixit from Microsoft on the link below. Windows 7 Vista Check if the drive is now working. If it's still not working, click the Start Menu, open All Programs, open Accessories, right click the Command Prompt and select 'Run as Administrator'.  In to the prompt type the following command and hit enter. sfc /scannow                 ( note that there is a space between sfc and the / ) Let the process complete, then type exit and hit enter.  Restart the notebook. When windows has fully reloaded, click the Start Menu, open the Control Panel and click on Device Manager.  Next click to open DVD/CD-ROM Drives.  Right click the drive and select uninstall.  Do not delete drivers if asked.  When the device has uninstalled click on the 'Scan for Hardware Changes' icon ( usually just below Help on the toolbar ).  Let windows reinstall the drive and see if it now works.?Regards, DP-K

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My new Dell keeps doing a crash dump.  IT came with Vista and has been upgraded to Vista Ultimate 64.  It keeps crashing.  once when it restarted the  page said Failed to Load;  a critical system driver is missing or corrupt    file/windows/system32/drivers/volmgrx.sys.Help.I can't figure out what is going on and I have searched all over the web!

Answer:system driver is missing or corrupt .... volmgrx.sys

Is your computer operable?Do you still have Vista DVD?

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Hi all.

My pc has been hanging randomly and I have to use the power button to shut down/restart.

I've checked in events and there is this error which seems to be causing the problem as the time matches with the hang time.

I posted another topic with another bsod issue in the bsod section, and I was told to run some tests.

A day or so ago, I tried and changed Driver Verifier settings as were instructed in one of the threads here which also mentions that it is an iffy thing to do.

Anyway, I lost windows and could not start again, luckily I had a backup made, and after formatting my HD, loaded it on to it. This error seems to be a driver issue (Screenshot).

Should I go down the Driver Verifier route again ? To be honest I don't want to. If I lose windows again it would be very frustrating.

I've run the following tests so far here

I have no driver issues showing up in Device Manager, so that looks ok.

Please advise. Thank you.

Answer:The following system start driver(s) failed to load: mbmiodrvr

I looked around and found a reference to Mother Board Monitor which at least sounds like it might be the culprit.

Do you have that application installed, or some other temperature / fan speed monitoring sw?

Alex Van Kaam, the author of Mother Board Monitor, stopped development in 2004 citing his frustration getting technical information from mfgrs.

Anyway, if you have Mother Board Monitor installed, remove it. If you have other monitoring sw, post what you have and someone might know more about that sw (MBM source used?)

If you haven't tried a Clean Boot, here's a tutorial you can follow:
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup


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This happened after I re-installed drivers for a marvell sata 6 SATA slot.

I have win7x64 gigabyte x58a-ud3r v1. SSD is samsung 840 pro.

File: mvs91xx.sys
Status: 0xc0000098

this is what it shows before loading I have options for safe mod etcc... but whatever I click it always comes back to that mvs91xx.sys error

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This happened after I re-installed drivers for a marvell add in sata 6 card. I booted into another OS and replaced the file in the drivers folder but it did the same. Is there any way I can remedy this situation without doing a repair install?

win7x64 gigabyte x58a-ud5 v1. SSD is samsung evo 840.

Answer:windows failed to start mvs91xx.sys missing or corrupt.

Load a previous system restore check point?

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the following boot-start or system driver(s) failed to load: SRTSP SRTSPX
Anyone were seen that problem?
Laptop is a compaq and running windows Vistahome Premium

Answer:the following boot-start or system driver(s) failed to load: SRTSP SRTSPX

Ohh sorry.. got that from the event log..

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I was downloading SP2 on my sister's pc and the computer went to the black screen where it gives the option of restarting normally, in safe mode, etc. When I try any option, I get the message in the subject line. It says I must reinstall in the file in order to start windows Any advice?

--The pc has XP home

Answer:win32/hap.dll corrupt or missing - windows will not load

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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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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
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,

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 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.

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I am trying to fix my grandaughters acer asprire one d 255 it will not boot up .
Says file:windows\system32\winload.exe status oxoooooof
info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is corrupt when i try to restore to factory settngs only gets to 16 % and gives a error code sysyem restore failed i/o device error f10 brings me to edit boot option so itry to type bootrec/fixboot. if i could type the right thing on the edit boot option might work but not sure what to type . Since there is no disc drive to insert disc how do i do a system restore with no disc drive thank you for any help on this mary

Answer:windows failed to start application missing or corrupt aspire one d255

"restore to factory settngs only gets to 16 %" So it failed after 16%. Not everything has finished so windows wouldn't start whatsover!

failed i/o device error ... hmm looks like harddrive is faulty. Still waranty?
Since you did bootrec/fixboot you seemto be able to enter "command prompt".

dir c:
dir d:
dir e:
What commands give a listing?

chkdsk/f/r c:
chkdsk/f/r d:
chkdsk/f/r e:
any errors? btw it takes hours to complete!

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Hi Guys

i got an error while activation of windows 7 error codes 0x8007007b and also key management service (kms) binding is missing or corrupted.

steps i have done :

1. Run windows tweaking tool
2. SFC scan - no corrupted files
3. checked for virus
other ways of activation is disabled i dont know why

i have a valid key for W7

can anyone tell me what to be done

no errors in eventvwr with codes 12288,12289,12290 responsible for kms service

can anyone tell me how to activate windows now

Answer:Windows activation failed -error code 0x8007007b & kms missing/corrupt

Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

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I've read the threads on mising NLS, but could not find any valuable info on my problem.

1. I get the 0XC000000f windows failed to load because NLS data is missing or corrupt.

2. I have tried to boot with a Vista install DVD. Result: Blue screen and message;
a problem has been detected. Technical info: STOP: 0X0000C1F5 (0X00000000,0X00000000,0X00000000,0X00000000,)

3. I took out the hd and connected it exiernally to another pc. Result: Exactly the same, when the external hd starts running, my pc gets the blues screen message.

4. I have tried safe mode and repair, but I cant do anything because when booting with the dvd install disc I get only the blue screen, and when booting from hd, and try safe mode or any other option, it doesnt work.

5 . Technical info: ACER laptop The drive is a seagate barracuda 120gb 5400 2,5

I read about replacing NLS via a usb stick, but how can I do it? The commando prompt doesnt work either.

Grateful for any help!

Answer:Windows failed to load- missing NLS

I see no one knows how to fix this problem.
I thought I would get some brilliant answers from the brains here, but no.

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It give me message - Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt. Status : 0xc00000e9It was just randomly Missing or corrupt. I belive this is hard disk error but I keep finding solution for month but I don't find any that worked.I don't know my computer details but what I know isComputer name - AsusChipset - AMD PhenomIf you guys can help me I will appreciate it . Hope god bless you ..

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It give me message - Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt. Status : 0xc00000e9It was just randomly Missing or corrupt. I belive this is hard disk error but I keep finding solution for month but I don't find any that worked.I don't know my computer details but what I know isComputer name - AsusChipset - AMD PhenomIf you guys can help me I will appreciate it . Hope god bless you ..

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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's basic to ensure that the drive on which Windows will be without problems.  This can be done by attaching said drive to another system as a secondary...then running the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic.

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I have toshiba satellite P300 -23L and i have windows vista installed.
I received this error on starting it
Windows failed to load because the HAL is missing, or corrupt
I dont want to loose my data either is there any way to repair it without loosing data

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From my Windows Boot Manager It stated that Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. My problem started after I went to the , and my google chrome requested that I kill the website for inactivity. It asked me 3 times. I told it to wait twice and the third time the program froze
and would not let me close it. I disconnected my laptop from power including the removal from of the battery. This shut it down and stopped the connection. When I restarted the computer, I checked to see if anything had affected the bios, and it did not, until
I tried to restart the OS. Then I received the message from the Windows Boot Manager. I have tried repair, and reformat the hard-drive to no effect. I wanted to find out why the affordable care act would require the use of a
guillotine for ending a person's life. (ICD 9) 

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Yesterday, my HP Pavilion dv6 was running fine. Today, my computer suddenly got slower and it takes my computer a really long time to open programs such as Google Chrome. After a couple times of restarting my computer it went to Windows Boot Manager. It said that windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt. The file that was missing or corrupt is \Windows\System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys (this is a different driver that windows said was corrupt from the first time that it showed Windows Boot Manager), and the status is 0x00000e9. It said to fix the problem I have to insert my windows installation disc and restart my computer but I don't have the windows installation disc. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Windows driver missing, or corrupt.

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... Read the Tutorial below .. If that fails to resolve your issue you might consider a Clean Install ...

Repair Install
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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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:

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

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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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.


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. . .



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what does this mean? what do I need to do to repair? I have no windows installation cd as I bought the laptop with all the software on it - it was a demo in comet

Answer:Windows Boot Manager - windows failed to load because the HAL is missing


I assume the \System32\Hal.dll is missing.
This means that your windows OS needs to be reinstalled.

I don?t know what notebook you have but I think that Toshiba recovery disk creator was preinstalled on your notebook. This software creates the Toshiba recovery DVD which help you to reinstall the OS. But now it?s to late? you cannot boot into the OS.

You could try this:
Press F8, choose repair my computer and then choose Toshiba HDD Recovery.
Maybe this option is available.

If not then you would need a Windows installation disk?

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Attention moderators: This may have been answered before or in the wrong forum. Sorry. System Specs: Windows XP Home edition (With Sp2)                         305GB Memory                         1800 CPU                                       Basically the situation i have is in the title. I was finishing off a project for my History homework and i fell asleep with the computer on. I woke up and  the computer was off and  was in bed. My little brother came in booted it up and yelled at me that 'Summinks wong.' Groggily i sat up and it said c:/windows/system corrupt or missing I inserted my windows xp disk and tried everything. From repair to backup. It doesn't work and i am getting depressed. Plz help. I am working from my parents computer.p.s Sorry for messy writing -  i have Aspergus syndromep.p.s I'll do one of those karma thingies/gys/gyiesThank you in advance. -James

Answer:c:/windows/system corrupt or missing!!

It would help if we had the complete error message.Are you sure the error message you are relaying to us is complete and correct?

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i just got a computer from a friend
its kinda old hp, i think 2001
well i turned it on and it went to this recovry thing
and told me to enter som hp disks
idk what that is.
well i started it and ran it from cd drive or whatever and it said
c:\windows/system/hal.dll is missing or corrupt
i read around the web searching what to do and i got a few awnsers but i dont really get it
i need help

Answer:c:\windows/system/hal.dll is missing or corrupt


Originally Posted by kevinisshibby

i just got a computer from a friend
its kinda old hp, i think 2001
well i turned it on and it went to this recovry thing
and told me to enter som hp disks
idk what that is.
well i started it and ran it from cd drive or whatever and it said
c:\windows/system/hal.dll is missing or corrupt
i read around the web searching what to do and i got a few awnsers but i dont really get it
i need help

i assume its windows xp

try putting a windows xp disk, and repairing.

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When I start my laptop normally the windows system 32 is missing. I have tried to boot from the CD and the set-up gets as far as searching for other versions of windows, the computer freezes.

When I select the repair function and type in select option 1 and press enter it freezes as well.

Is it my CD or the laptop??

Is there anything else I can do or has my laptop completely died?

Thanks for your help

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My computer is showing the message: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
I do not have the origional Setup CD. How can I fix this?

Answer:windows XP system 32 missing or corrupt

Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.

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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:

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Two out of Four times I last started my computer I got a black screen with message saying: Windows root system ex 32 is missing or corrupt. Both times I just turned my computer off. The other two times every things fine. I'm a beginner and I get confused real easy. Boy that was hard to write! Please help.

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Two out of Four times I last started my computer I got a black screen with message saying: Windows root system ex 32 is missing or corrupt. Both times I just turned my computer off. The other two times every things fine. I'm a beginner and I get confused real easy. Boy that was hard to write! Please help.

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I have a Compac Presario 2100 when i attempt to start up it give a message that the <Windows>\system 32\ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or corrupt. Best Buy sold me the laptop and I do not have the original software on CDs. How can I get the required file restored when I can not even get the blasted thing to run?

Answer:missing or corrupt <windows>\system 32\ntoskrnl

Is this a brand new machine?

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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:

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


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.


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Help!!!!  My knowledge of computers is very limited and on a need to know basis only.....however, I have come across a problem which I have no clue how to solve.After my children had been playing on the computer, I came to turn on the following day and was surprised by the message I have.The system appears to start normally, ie with the Dell intel screen, however, before I reach my user password access, the screen goes black and displays the following message:Windows could not start because of the following file is missing or corrupt:<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.Please re-install a copy of the above file.I do have the original discs that came with my PC, however, when I load them into the disc drive,they do not load, it must be waiting for some sort of command, but I dont know what.Please help, I do occasional work from home, and need access to my computer.Any help is really appreciated

Answer:Windows could not start - missing/corrupt System 32

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Okay, I have looked around to try and find a topic that fit my situation, but I didn't really find anthing that helped me...

I have access to another computer, but on the computer that is getting that error message I do not have the XP disk to boot from or anything to actually get Windows to come up.

So I believe all I need to do is reinstall that file correct? If so...where can I find it, and how do I get the computer to bring up Windows so that I CAN reinstall it?

Any help would be appreciated!! Please help me out..

Answer:<Windows root>\system 32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt

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Hi there eveyone... Im a new member and desperate for some assistance.Im having a problem with loosing or corrupting my windows\system32\config\ system files.I have done 5 clean installs and before my last purchased a new harddrive. Im kinda techy but this ones got me stumped. I resolved the issue byusing the recovery console and the last best snapshot of my drive. It`s since been good but it seems to happen every 2 weeks or there abouts. I consulted microsoft support and they told me to post a hijack log.......this is where i need your help please..Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 7:55:10 PM, on 30/12/2005Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Mixer.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files ... Read more

Answer:Missing Or Corrupt Windows System Files

Hi merlo,

Sorry for the delay, we've really been swamped lately. And I'm not sure HijackThis can help with your problem, but if you still need help, please start out by posting a new log in this thread. Please describe what you may have done to fix the problem and what is happening with your system now (since you posted your last log).

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And that just for starters! I am trying to get back up and running. It would bootup to loading drivers in normal and safe mode then would "blue screen". After several attempts I have managed to stop the "Blue screen". I Then got, can not start XP, (<Widows Root> \system 32\hal.dll missing or corrupt). After going to MS and trying there fix, I now get an error message about (\min int\system32\config\system) being the cause of not booting.

This a Dell Computer, Windows XP Pro, Raid, I can get it into the norton system restore program but it does not give me the option of just restoring the O/S It is a destructive recovery only. That is a Last resort option. Any help would be great! I have an Original Dell XP Pro sp2 CD.

Answer:Missing or corrupt <windows root>\system 32\hal.dll

Perhaps this will help?

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Everytime I start Windows, I see the following error in Event Viewer:
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: 

Answer:The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: VBoxNetAdp

Do you have Virtual Box or Avast antivirus installed?

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Guys, I'm running Windows XP and recently when I turn on my PC it makes a single beeb and then seems to run OK.

Tonight, I was running Firefox and the system seemed to slow, before becoming completely unresponsive. I had Task Manager open at the time, however when I tried to shut Firefox down the PC started bleeping like mad and I was forced to do a hard shut down.

I waited about 1 minute and then rebooted and immedietly went into the Error log and found the following entry:

"The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: StarOpen"

I tried Googling a fix with no luck and I can't find StarOpen in the Services, Apps or Program files. Nor could I find it listed in the Device Manager or the Boot-start list in msconfig.

Can anyone tell me how to fix this?

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Hi all,
I have a problem with Vista Business.Naimly, every time I start the computer and look up into the computer menadgement/event viewer/administrative events it has an error msg:
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: i8042prt



[ Name]
Service Control Manager

[ Guid]

[ EventSourceName]
Service Control Manager


[ Qualifiers]







[ SystemTime]




[ ProcessID]

[ ThreadID]


I think this is regarding my video card (Gygabyte Nvidia 8600GTS) drivers?!But the card works pretty normally and the drivers are up to date.
Anyway there are also a lot of other error & warninig msgs regarding the volsnap and security update installation files.Maybe this due to the situation that I have installed both Vista and XP and there is a common problem with Vista working with XP/other and that is NO RESTORE POINTS... Read more

Answer:The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: i8042prt

Problem Solution The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: i8042prt 1.Go to Start > Run and put regedit.exe  and click  Ok 2.Navigator to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters in Registry Editor 3.Add a new REG_DWORD "Headless " and set the value to 1 4.Reboot the server. Regards,

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I have system error: The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: tvtumon My computer has all pathes and latest rivers installed. Why this driver die?

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Sorry if this has already been answered/wrong place. I looked at Google but thought I double check here (since the solutions via Google seem to be refering to a different OS to mine)

First of: Windows Vista, SP2, 64 bit.

Now sometimes (and not now since I am writing this) my Keyboard/Mouse just stops working. It freezes completely and I am unable to use it and am hence required to restart the computer. This happens at random occasions but it usually involves opening some program or what not (I noticed a prominent pattern that the mouse/keyboard freezes whenever I go to measure my speed and then once the download speed bar is finished and upload is about to begin my computer freezes).

I had a look at my event viewer and noticed this:

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

Now I am not sure whether this appears at the start and then once I run a program or do something (like go on the commuter then freezes (i.e. my mouse/keyboard is non-responsive) or the error message comes up after my computer freezes but any help in fixing this mouse/keyboard freezing would be very grateful.

The solution to fixing this problem I founds was to go to Registry editor and change the Start D word from 1 to 4 (but I noticed some saying to delete it completely and yet other sources to change it from 1 to 0 and yet even others to change something that I don't even have under that folder). If I was to tamper with the reg informa... Read more

Answer:The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: i8042prt

Originally Posted by Petze

The solution to fixing this problem I founds was to go to Registry editor and change the Start D word from 1 to 4 (but I noticed some saying to delete it completely and yet other sources to change it from 1 to 0 and yet even others to change something that I don't even have under that folder). If I was to tamper with the reg information, is it possible that I wont ever get access to my keyboard/mouse? My worry is that I might change some value so that I will have no way of getting to the computer with the keyboard/mouse (I am not good with bios) and would not be able to get help on the internet since I can't connect!

It is bad idea

DWORD Start may have following values

0 -boot ,1 -system ,2- auto ,3 -demand, 4 -disabled. Surly if you'll set to 4 you lose access to keyboard and mouse.Don't modify anything.Find folder C:\Windows\Minidump pack it and attache to post.If Minidump folder is empty use verifier tool to diagnose wrong drivers read here:

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Each time I boot my computer, I receive the follow message in the Event Viewer System Log File:

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

Here is the information that I see when I sent it to the Microsoft Support and Help Center

Product:Windows Operating SystemID:7026Source:Service Control ManagerVersion:5.2Symbolic Name:EVENT_BOOT_SYSTEM_DRIVERS_FAILEDMessage:The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: %1

What I believe is happening is that all though I uninsulated CA's Anti virus package and installed Microsoft's Security Essentials, not all the CA software was removed.

Help in getting rid of this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,


Answer:[SOLVED] The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


See this document:
Uninstall failed

Select the correct CA product you had, download the Removal script and run.
Hopefully this will remove the CA Suite from your PC.

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Ok I will copy and paste the message:

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

I found it in vista event viewer. I am currently running vista in safe mode and dont really want to restart the pc. This is my first post on these forums and they look great. SO please help!

MY PC Specs:
2 (1x1) gb RAM
1.6Ghz CEL E1200 Dual Core CPU
Vista Ultimate
CD Driver
256MB GFX Card
Nothing else you really need to know

Answer:VIsta The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

Could be spyware.

I would run a Trendmicro free scan.

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I checked through the Event log in Administrator tools.
I got the following error: The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: BANTExt

What is it?

I googled BANTExt and found out it's BelArc Advisor. Is it true?

How do I stop this error?

Answer:The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: BANTExt

Yes, BANText.sys is the Belarc Advisor system driver file.It is started automatically from a Run, RunOnce, RunServices, or RunServicesOnce entry in the registry everytime Windows starts.To prevent the error you would need to find and remove that entry in the registry.

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I have had a Satellite Pro A60 for about 3 years without problems.

Last week the Toshiba in Touch screen developed bleeding vertical lines and I got error message 'Windows XP cannot start because of missing or corrupt driver isapnp.sys'. I have tried using recovery disk but this loads OK but then fails to make any difference. Hard disk appears to work OK as slave to another computer.

Any suggestions wil be much appreciated!


Answer:Satellite Pro A60: Windows XP cannot start missing or corrupt driver isapnp.sys

If there is a file that has been corrupt, then using the recovery disk should fix this.
Make sure the whole disk is formatted and try the recovery again.

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The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: i8042prt Any ideas?  Thanks in advance.  - Larry  -----------------------------------------------------------Lenovo 3000 H210 Desktop, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Intel E5200 Duo Core, 4GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive

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Has anyone ran into the Event ID in the Title?
(Event ID: 7026, Message: The Following boot-start or System-start Driver(s) failed to load: TMEBC)

The user is getting CHKDSK every time they boot up the machine and it fails within seconds of it starting.
I removed the Scheduled task under the AutoChk area in the Task Scheduler.

Anyone have anything on this driver or able to assist?


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Of late when I am powering on my PC, the power LED on the cabinet blinks but the HDD LED doesn't. The monitor displays, NO SIGNAL.
Then when I restart the PC and when it finally boots, I go to the Event Viewer and find this entry

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: atc

My PC Config:
Corsair Vengeance 8 Gigs RAM
Crucial MX 100 256 GB SSD
500+160 Seagate HDDs
ATI Radeon HD5450 GPU

Kindly advise what does the above error mean and how do I resolve it


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I am trying to resolve two problems one is on in my event viewer only; and first started on the 26/11/09 it is as follows:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7026
Date: 06/12/2009
Time: 09:04:34
User: N/A
Computer: USER-B3A7BA2F25
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

At that time I had installed some Windows updates, problems often seem to start after Windows updates!.

The second problem also appears in the even viewer, but I am aware it has happened during start up. The system can not find or load the user profile,
This happens at random and can be several days or weeks apart
event viewer details are:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Userenv
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1511
Date: 03/12/2009
Time: 20:19:22
User: USER-B3A7BA2F25\Tony
Computer: USER-B3A7BA2F25
Windows cannot find the local profile and is logging you on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off.

With the first problem ViaIde failed to load; I have followed Microsoft link, Googled it, and not really seen much information that will help. I have run the scf/scannow without success. Any ideas and help would be appreciated

The second problem of profile loading, I had associated with the Kaspersky internet security suite. They asked me to remove some conflicting software and the problem did stop, but returned a few... Read more

Answer:boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:

Hi, It's all a little disappointing, it would seem no one here has an answer either.

The user profile problem does for the time being seems to have stopped, since the last Windows update, but I am not holding my breath as this happend before and then it retunes again.

I am left with just the "The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: ViaIde, problem to resolve........if anyone does have a clue ?

regards Tmax

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I am currently making a device specific module for microsoft MPIO. I have successfully installed the mpio and my own DSM. However, during start-up, an error message comes out saying: "At least one service or driver failed during system startup. Use Event Viewer to examine the event log for details."

When I checked the event log, it says:

The following boot-start or system-start driver failed to load: TrailNavi

TrailNavi is the name of the device specific module that i am making. I am currently using a 32bit server with Windows 2003 OS.

I am trying to test my DSM, but could not do so because the driver can't be loaded..

Any help would be great..

Answer:The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load


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Several days ago I downloaded and installed many updates. I was waiting for a large file to finish downloading before I restarted the computer when the power went out and shut everything down. Apparently the improper shutdown with the pending reboot after windows updates were installed screwed something up. Now I can't update anything under the Windows 7 tab.

For example, if you open the update page it will be in sections. I have a section for Office updates that I can download and update fine, as well as every other section (that I've tried so far). The only section that won't download anything and allow me to install the update is the Windows 7 section with the updates such as Security Updates for Windows 7, Update for Windows 7, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, Microsoft .NET Framework and Security Updates for .NET Framework. Anything under the Windows 7 section will not download. I tried downloading a single update of about 15kB. I left it running overnight and the next day it was still downloading. Then I cancelled that one and selected a single Excel update of about 50 MB under the Office section. It downloaded and installed in seconds.

(While typing this and trying various updates I found that I can now no longer download the Office updates either so it appears to be affecting all updates now not just the ones in the Windows 7 category)

I ran the Windows Update Fixit Tool with the result of "service registration is missing or corrupt" htt... Read more

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I recently had to install a new battery for my computer. After doing so I started having this problem and receiving the following Error from the "Service Control Manager" Event ID:7026   The following Boot-Start or System-Start driver(s)
failed to load: ppfd_vt_1_10_0_24    Param 1. The issues I am having are; Unable to completely "SHUT DOWN" unless I press the power button, this is after I have already selected the "shut down" option in the Start menu. Never
had to press the power button to power off my computer. Also, at "START-UP", I get as far as a black screen with a white flashing cursor in upper left-hand corner. At this point I am stuck, nothing takes me out of this state unless I press the "POWER"
button to shut-down. In order to start-up & Boot, I disconnect AC Adapter, remove battery, wait about 20 seconds, re-install battery, power adapter, and push power button. Now my computer is all good. Can anyone help me with this, I've researched for 2
weeks and am no where. Thanks for any help. My computer is quite old, 2010 Sept., but I'm hoping that I don't have to purchase a new one...(I'm a lil cheap) lol

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I have just recently built a new computer due to my old laptop freezing now and then while using Windows 7. After putting together the build I first loaded Windows XP and then shortly there after installed Windows 7 RC1. Trouble was I was getting random BSoDs that related to the memory. So I ran memchk and everything was fine. This lead me to believe a random driver was causing the problem. So instead of trying to figure out which I decided to take an offer from my University that allowed me to install Windows 7 RTM a day early.

First thing I did was burn the ISO to a CD using imgburn at 8x burning speed the verification said it was good. So I go to install from in Windows RC1 and first thing I notice is that the option to format the drive and set up new partitions was missing. So I figured okay, that's MS' way of getting people to upgrade/completely reformat.

So I restart my computer and it loads everything from the CD and looks like Windows installation is about to start when random it stops and goes to a screen that has the following:

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 the computer.
2. Choose your language settings and click next.
3. Click "repair your computer
If you do not have this disc contact your system administrator or system manufacturer for assistance.
file: \windows\system32\DRIVERS\lsi_sas2.sys
Status: 0xc0000098
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Answer:Windows 7 failed to install - Missing driver

Quote: Originally Posted by Malzie

... So instead of trying to figure out which I decided to take an offer from my University that allowed me to install Windows 7 RTM a day early.

First thing I did was burn the ISO to a CD using imgburn at 8x burning speed the verification said it was good. So I go to install from in Windows RC1 and first thing I notice is that the option to format the drive and set up new partitions was missing...

I am truly at a loss as to what or where to start with this. I don't think it's a faulty hardware as I am able to run XP just fine.

Anyway I am truly perplexed any and all help would be appreciated.

We have seen many problems with burning the ISO to DVD at higher than 2x speed. You will get errors, then somewhere in the install process it will fail.

Re-burn at max 2x speed.
Or, use a 4GB USB memory key, there has been a lot of successful installs this way and it's fast.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

There are two sticky threads that give you some help with installing Win7 and links to tutorials.
Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7
Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Have you ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor this might help to find any existing problems before you start the install.

Let us know how it is going.

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

Pretty self-explanatory. That's the message I get when trying to boot. It says I should boot from the Windows Setup disk to reair, but I don't have it with me. Is there another way to fix his?

I'm not sure what caused it but it could be that the power cut off whilst my computer was booting yesterday- it hasn't worked sine then.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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

In the c:\windows\system32\config folder are some files - 5 of which represent parts of your registry:defaultsystemsamsecuritysoftwareYour problem appears to be the file called software (at least).There should be copies on your hard disk in c:\windows\repair (which could be old) and also perhaps newer ones in the folder that contains the last system restore point , so you could recover at least that far back.Somehow you need to beg, borrow or steal a bootable XP CD of the same version as yours to get to the recovery console - unless you cleverly already have RC installed as a boot option (you probably will after you fix this). I reckon your could create one of those bootable linux CDs to get access to your HDD, but I have no experience with that.Here is a Mircrosoft KB that describes how to resolve this issue once recovery console in running using a bootable XP CD, or the already installed Recovery Console on your hard disk.;Product=winxpI suggest reading it thoroughly, since they have some "may not apply to you" language, but it is easy to follow and I have used it a couple times on a system where RC was not installed (but is now).How did this situation come about?

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I've been getting this error "Missing/corrupt "\windows\system32\config\system" when I try to start my computer. This is what I've tried:

- Rebooting (gives me this error)
- Recovery console with the XP Disk (gives me an error about a stop or something)
- Reinstalling XP (gives me the same stop error)

This is what those errors say exactly:

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

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"Click to expand...

The stop error I get from the XP cd says this:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prvent damage to your computer.


If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly instaled. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, diable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or diable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select advanced startup options, and then select safe mode.

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

Have you tried starting in Safe Mode, and then trying to roll back to a Restore Point prior to when this problem started (assuming you have the Restore feature running)?

Or, have you recently installed new hardware and/or drivers on the machine? If so - some of the hints here might be of use to you:

Also, I'm not sure from your description if you have tried the following, or are even able to try it - but if you can boot from the XP CD:

Boot from the XP CD, but DO NOT select the Repair Console (R) . . . instead choose to install Windows. The set-up program should search the hard-drive for existing installations of Windows, and if it finds one it will display it. Set-up will offer you the option of repairing the displayed installation . . . select this option. Doing it this way should preserve all your files on the hard-drive - it has always worked for me. You will, however, have to down-load and install all the security updates that came out after your particular version of windows was released. I'm can't recall for sure, but you may have to re-input your Windows key as well.

Hope some part of this helps

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Getting this error:Now it says Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows\system32\config\systemYou can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows setup using the original setup CD ROM.This unit is a Mini laptop. It has no CD drive I have no repair disk  Posted here but never got an answer: Any ideas?Thanks

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I was exiting a game and windows started getting really slow and i could not click on anything so i held my power button on my computer and shut it off. When I started it again it said "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system" then it says I can put my original CD in and go to the recovery console. When I did this I got to the first step in a tutorial online where I type "copy c:\window\system.... etc" But when I typed this in it said the file could not be copied. So if anyone knows what I'm doing wrong that would be awesome but if you don't know the answer to my issue then maybe someone can tell me the best way to get files off the hard drive. Could I just bring the hard drive to a friends house and plug it into his computer and then just pull the files off?


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

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\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing or corrupt - My computer won't start up I don't have a setup disk what can I do? I do have access to another computer can I make a setup disk? I'm running XP media.Gary

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

Since you don't have Windows CD, repairing your problem depends, if you have Recovery Console installed on your computer.To check it out:Reboot the computer and before the Windows Logo screen appears tap F8. If you're lucky, you'll have the option to boot into Recovery Console.If so, read here: also here:

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Running this by you as simple as I canComputer blue-screened and rebooted into an error message of a c:\windows\system32\config\system corrupt or missing. Ran several "repair" attempts with windows xp install cd as Don explained in System files in Recovery Console said they could not be copied. Repair option in Windows Install was not available. Transferred my hard drive into a secondary computer, set it up as a slave drive. Drive is completely accessible including the c:\windows\system32\config folder. Is there a possible way to replace the corrupt system files manually through slave drive to repair the drive and get it working properly without reformatting?

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

Is there a possible way to replace the corrupt system files manually through slave drive to repair the drive and get it working properly without reformatting?Oh, yes ... that is probably the easiest way to do the job.BUT ... first things first .... have you run Check Disk? File corruption causing the message you received, can often be easily repaired this way.Use the Windows Error checking utility (Check Disk), with the options to scan the disk surface for errors, and attempt recovery of data and repair the disk.Double-click on My Computer > right-click on the drive that you wish to check > Properties > Tools > and in the Error checking section, click on "Check now" > place a tick in both boxes > StartThis test may take some time to run and at times may appear stalled but just let it run.Please note any message shown after the check has completed.If any errors were found, repeat the process.Does your system start normally now?

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I have a Dell laptop with Windowns XP on it.
I got the following problem. Please see picture 1. After searching for a solution, I came across this video and followed the instructions to the letter ( )
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
it almost worked. BUT,  when I reached STAGE 4:
I typed : copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
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Answer:Windows\System32\Config\System missing or corrupt

Good morning .
Although youtube videos can provide good guidance for resolving some computer situations, you may want to take a look at the following:
Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt -

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After an eternity of a blank screen windows won't boot - was fine 1 hour ago - up pops "Windows failed to load as windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt boot from set up disc and press r to repair" - or words to that effect.Trouble is don't know how to use repair consol and if I continue with setup it says I haven't got a copy of windows on my hard drive. HELP HELP HELP!!!Any ideas or assistance would be most gratefully received. Thanks in advance.

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

click hereclick here

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I am getting the "Windows could not start because the following is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system" error when I tried to boot up. I have spent numerous hours searching the net to find a fix, but nothing is working. This pc is a Dell Dimension 8400 with XP. I have tried the whole recovey console bit and everything else on google. Could someone please help me. I beg you!

Answer:\windows\system32\config\system Missing Or Corrupt

Dont use Recovery Console, do a system repair.

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Hi all

OS>Windows XP Home
AMD single core CPU about 1.5ghz
MS...something or other motherboard
Geforce older style graphics card
Seagate 720mb IDE hard drive

I think I have a serious problem this time
I booted my system up and it will not get to my home page instead giving the following message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
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.

Lead up to this problem:
System was booting up fine until I decided to clean the dust out of my PC case and put a drop of oil on my CPU fan and Graphics card fan because they begin to make a little noise after about 6 months without a drop of oil. To do this I had of course to remove the fan off top of CPU and remove graphics card (and take fan off graphics card). I oiled the two and put them back. I also decided to see exactly what hard drive I had because I forgot, so I unscrewed two screws and slid it out of the bracket half way, wiped the dust off the top with my hand and read the type/size/etc and slid it back in.
Then on booting up got the above problem.

I thought i may have put something back loose so I played with all the connections in and out a few times (HD/Graphics/MOBO) to make sure I was getting connection, especially with the HD. On bootup still same problem.

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

Just donated $10 to Tech Guy to say thanks for some help

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with xp home media center edition can you use xp home edition to fix:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt files. when the notebook starts it goes the blue screen and says checking disk for consistincy and stops at 55% of the first stage of 1 of 3

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

It's not likely as the "system" file it refers to is one of the hives of your registry.
If the chkdsk stops at 55% I'd start to wonder about your hard drive. Try running a bootable diagnostic that's available from the website of your hard drive manufacturer.

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Hi guys,Hope someone can help me with this, else I am going to be taking my PC to get repaired...My PC is refusing to boot up, and has the following error...Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:windows\system32\config\system You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the orginal setup CD rom.Select r at the first screen to start the repairI have a Dell Dimension 9200, with XP. Dual core processor. Not sure what else system wise people need to knowTo run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, I use the following steps:Insert the Windows Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive when prompted to do so.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.If I press R to recover, it goes to the next screen. I select the only option of 1: C Drive, and it accepts it and stays idle.If I press the first option to begin WindowsXP setup, it appears to go to the next step and then stays idle when looking for previosuly installed windowsIs it likely that my hard drive is fried/broken? Or is there any other possible solutions? BTW i am writing this on my laptop, so I do have a spare PC!

Answer:Windows\system32\config\system Missing Or Corrupt

Are you using an Windows XP CD or the CD that came with your Dell?

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