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

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

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

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

And before anyone asks:
I cannot get into Safe Mode/With Networking/With Command Prompt or any of the other Advanced Boot Options as they all give me the same error. And yes, I Googled, that's why I'm here.

System Specs:
Windows XP SP3 Home Edition (OEM)
1GB RAM
160GB Disk space (PM-Hitatchi HTS, I got that name from the Bios)

I can't really pull any other information besides that, so sorry if it isn't enough.
Thanks in advance if someone here can help me!


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When I turn it on, I get a black screen which says:

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

My netbook has usb ports but it doesn't have a cd/dvd or a floppy drive, and it didn't come with any discs.

I pressed F8 to see if I could further troubleshoot my problem. When I did this, I got a screen titled "Windows Advanced Options Menu" which gave me a set of options to choose from. I chose Safe Mode and clicked enter, and I got this message:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

My netbook is XP Home Ed., Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66GHZ, 512KB cache), 1 GB Memory, 160 GB HDD

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you

I'm new, and well, I'm not sure if I'm in the right place. I don't know much about computer. My Friend is Teaching me more about them.

Well, I got a HP mini laptop. It's Windows Xp home. I was on it a few minutes ago. I started surfing the internet and then all of a sudden I get this Message about "i have an virus!". then a bunch of Pop ups came up about antivirus protectors. My phone rang and i went to answer it and this program downloaded itself to my computer. When I came back all I see is a bunch of pop ups. Then stuff when SUPER slow and My mouse wouldn't move. So I couldn't do anything. So I turned off my computer. When I turned it back on it said:

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

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup Using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

I turned it on and off. I still got that message. I almost cried, because it's brand new and I don't wanna get in trouble for messing it up.

I tried Pressing 'r'. I tried F1. I tried F8.

With F8, I went to 'Last Known Good Configuration'. Didn't work.

I even tried 'Safe Mode'. It said:
"muli(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
muli(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll
muli(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL
muli(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\BOOTVID.dll
muli(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\system
muli(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\system.alt

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

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup Using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

I really want to fix it. I dunno what to do.
If you can help, please help.
and in laymen terms?
I don't understand "computer talk". Sorry.
Oh! The HP mini Laptop didn't come with a CD. . . because it has no CD drive.

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

Yesterday laptop working fine today wont start. no safe mode, no last good config, etc. Before user login screen i got "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". Used OS disk to try repair. Ran chkdsk got 75% and said some info unrecoverable. Tried MS support link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 and the first step: "copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak" got a result that it could not copy. Figured the file went missing so I skipped to "copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system" and got invalid command. Other sites i looked for help info said to do fixboot but that didnt seem to work either. At one point thru all this turning the comp on and off it did get to the welsome/user login but didnt load desktop and froze. Now i keep getting errors either "systemroot\system32\config\default" or "unmountable boot volume" HELP!!! Thank You!!!

*UPDATE*
1. I got the "unmountable boot volume" error AFTER I did fixboot, and that error only comes up if I try to start windows without the OS disk.

2. After I posted this thread last night I tried recovery console again and this time it accepted the command "copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak" then crashed. I restarted the computer and was late on the f key so it proceeded to start windows normally and this time it got to the welcome screen and let me choose a user but failed to load either and gave me "kernal_data_inpage_error"

Now today the original error "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" has changed to "systemroot\system32\config\default" and the recovery console crashes if it pauses for even a few seconds.

Should I continue with the repair I started? Start over from the beginning and enter again "copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak"? Or not do that again and continue at "delete c:\windows\system32\config\system" etc? Or should I give up on that and do the repair based on the new error? Any better ideas?

I'm fine with not repairing and just reformatting but first I need to copy files out of my documents. Any way to get those onto a flash drive or something? I don't have the option of getting the HDD onto another system.

Windows XP Pro SP2 or SP3

ASUS 333 motherboard
AMD Athlon 1.8 GHZ
512 MB, 512 MB & 256 MB, DDR 333

80 GB IDE Western Digital HDD

Friend said the problem began out of the blue 26 Oct when PC was turned on.

Boot process proceeded to displaying hardware IRQ information & drive information

At bottom of the screen, white rectangles appeared. The progress area completed the left most 3 or 5 rectangles; then froze.

HDD passed WD's HDD diags.
I removed the 3 sticks of ram & inserted a known working DDR 333 stick, 512 MB

No change.

Thinking that the problem might be a corrupt registry, per http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/307545

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

Now, the IRQ information is displayed & the drive information is displayed. THEN, a black screen appears. No option to enter safe mode, last known good configuration or other advanced options.

I booted to the recovery console and ran these commands
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\tmp\system.bak c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\tmp\software.bak c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy C:\windows\tmp\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy C:\windows\tmp\security.bak c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy C:\windows\tmp\default.bak c:\windows\system32\config\default

No change.

I look forward to your assistance.

Edit #1
I replaced the AGP card with a PCI video card.
No change.

I can boot completely to a "desktop" using a UBCD [ Ultimate Boot CD ] [ www.ubcd4win.com ]

Edit #2
Per http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:...ient=firefox-a , it appears that NTLDR

Sincerely,
RF123

Hello.
I have Windows XP Service pack 2.
One day, I turned on my PC, and it said, "Sorry for the inconvinence, but Windows did not start correctly," so I chose to start the computer at the Latest Known Configuration that Worked and pressed enter, and a very scary message came up,
"The following file is corrupt/missing:
C:\Windows\System32\Config\System"
(That may not be in the right order since I'm not currently on that screen.)
Then it says, press 'R' on the first screen to repair.
So I press r and my computer reboots, and then I hit r again, and it takes me to the Windows XP Repair screen and it says at the bottom, 'Hit r to repair' so I do.
Except the keyboard is not responding. The Repair utility, when starting up, loads my 'Keyboard drivers.'
The keyboard works when selecting options like, "Start in Safe Mode" and "Start with Networking" etc.
(I have the Windows XP: Service Pack 1 Setup disc in my C: drive)
I just held the power button on my PC, and when it booted up, it said,
Press any key to boot from CD, so I did.
And the repair utility came up and I pressed R and that screen that I saw previously, and it worked!
But then I got to a thing that said,
"Which drive would you like to load from?"
And the only choice was,
"C:\WINDOWS"
So I chose it, and then inputted my Admintration password,
and it gave me a command prompt with 'C:\Windows>' and I could type stuff after it.
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO OPERATE A COMMAND PROMPT.
Like... no idea...
So, I shut it down, because I remembered that on the repair screen, it gave me an option that I believe said something like, "Setup Windows," which I assume means install it.
But now I'm getting a Keyboard Failure message when it says like, Intel something or other, on startup, and when it says, press "Ctrl S" to enter setup.
Can anyone help me?
If you have AIM, we could live talk, or if you have something else, I'd download it in an instant. My mom is hella pissed *sigh* and she wants it fixed.
And if you don't have any chat programs, I'll post more info if needed.
THANK YOU!

EDIT: I followed the instructions to install windows on http://www.windowsxphome.windowsrein...allxpcdrepair/
The keyboard worked finally after a few restarts and I went through the process and it successfully reinstalled and the message is still the SAME,
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM"

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. (WHICH I ALREADY DID)
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

For the past month or so, everytime that I start up my laptop (Toshiba running on XP) I got this message (which only lasts for about 2 seconds):

Quote:
Please select the operating system to start:
Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
If I don't choose anything in the two seconds, it automatically chooses Microsoft Windows XP Professional, and boots up regularly, until today. I booted it and this message same up after the previous screen, asking me to choose a way in which to start up my machine from the following options:

Quote:
Safe Mode
Safe Mode w/ Networking
Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Start Windows Normally
No matter which I choose, I get this error message:

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

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select "r" at the first screen to start repair.
I don't have the original Windows Setup Disk, so I cannot do the option they have provided. No matter what I do I cannot get past this message! PLEASE help me!! Thank you VERY much in advance!

Okay, so this morning I turned on my desktop computer, and I got a blue screen with an error message. I don't know why this happened, yesterday it was working fine. Here's part of the message:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry file failure} the registry cannot load the hive (file): \systemRoot\System32\config\sam

I rebooted my computer, and it said something about turning off wrong, and gave me options to either boot into safe mode, restart normally, or restart at the time that worked normally. All of them lead to the same error mesage with the blue screen.

I did a little research on this error, and found a microsoft help page about it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Instead of using the recovery console from the CD, I used my computer's recovery console (everytime I reboot, it gives me an option to go into the recovery console or continue normally, so I entered that recovery console, thinking it was the same as the CD's recovery console...) I followed the steps listed, typing in all of these:
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

When I typed in this one:
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

It said it couldn't find the file c:\windows\repair\system

I started freaking out. I thought maybe I could restore the deleted files, so I typed this in as a test:
copy c:\windows\tmp\default.bak c:\windows\system32\config\default

I stopped there though, I thought that if I did anymore I might mess up my computer even more then it already is. So, after that fiasco, I turned off my computer, turned it back on, and it gave me the same message about turning off wrong, and asked me if I wanted to boot into safe mode/normal mode/etc. I tried normal mode, and it said:
"Windows cannot start because the following files are either missing or corrupt:
\windows\system32\config\system"
Then it said something about being able to restore the files by using the recovery CD. I'm assuming it's the same CD that the microsoft support site told me to use... I searched around for the CD, and found one in my computer stuff, but I'm not sure if it's the right CD to use. It's the only one I could find that sounded like it might be the one. On the CD it says:
"Reinstallation CD
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Including Service Pack 1"

Please help me! I need to know if that's the right CD, and if it is, then how to properly use its recovery console and fix my computer. If it's not the right CD, then I need to know what the right CD looks like. Oh, and I don't know how to start my computer from the CD-ROM drive, either...

Thanks for your time! I really hope I didn't dig myself into a deeper hole then when I started...

My Advent netbook wont start up. It seems to be either missing or corrupt file. \WINDOWS\system32\config\system. It says I can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM.Then select "r" at the first screen to start repair.My problem is I dont have a cd and also my netbook doesnt have a cd rom drive.
What can I do to fix this.
I have tried to do a destructive reinstall of xp but the netbook looks like it is going to start up but suddenly the screen goes blue and it fails to start xp.
There is some typing when the screen goes blue but it dissapears before i can read what it says!
Any ideas what i can do to fix the problem.
thankyou.
Dominic

Hi
I found this forum from this link
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp...e-failure.html

I am trying to boot up my laptop but get the blue error screen everytime saying
''STOP register file failure
The registration cannot load the hive (file)
/system/system32/ config/security
or its log or alternative
it is corrupt, absent or not writable''

I installed my win xp CD and went into the automatic repair mod and got this error message
''setup cannot set the required windows xp configurations information.
This indicates an internal setup error.
contact your system administer''


on the thread where I found this forum the second poster published this

''Here is an artical from MS on the issue:
http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=307545

Though is sounds like you'll need an XP disk of some sorts =/

There may be a reg repair app you can boot with... But I've never used anything like that. Maybe someone else might know?''

Reading the link on part one im told to instal my CD and go to the repair mod and type the following


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

I tried to copy the
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
But the system can not find the file

Trying to repair all of the above and again the system can not find the files at all

Any ideas please
Batista230

Hey all,

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

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

I can get my data off the drive

Is there any hope to revive the XP OS?

TIA

Hello I have a Hp mini 210-1000 and know very little about computers so today I wanted to wipe my computer back to original state and I hit F8 and selected something that I thought was going to wipe my computer (forgive me I forget what it was exactly) my computer attempted to start up I guess and then it said Safe mode and windows can not perform system recovery cause it is disabled or something along those lines.

I shut off my computer and turned it back on and now it says
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows/system32/config/system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Set up using the original setup cdrom select r at the first screen to repair.

So when I hit r it just restarts and then go right back to that same original message. My computer has no cd drive disk drive or anything of that matter. Can someone please help?

okay i am having a problem with starting my father-in-laws computer. when booted up to goes into a screen sayint that windows did not start sucessfully and could be do to a hardware or software change. gives the options of safe mode, safe mode with network, safe mode with command prompt, last good configuration, and start normally. none of the above work no matter what option choosen it scrolls down and gives the error message that windows\system32\config\system is either missing or corrupt.
tried reinstalling from the original xp cd and doing a repair. used to different approaches. tried chkdsk /p and restarted, but it changed nothing. also tried to do a manual repair using a system restore point and all seemed to be going well up until the cd snapshot command and it said that it did not regonize the command or directory or something to that effect. tried to let it run the install all the way through and it came up with an error message that it shut down the program because it was a threat to the safety of the computer or something like that. tried running another windows xp cd that he said should work and came up with the error message that ohci1394.sys was corrupt and it would not install. i have tried everything i could think of. and that goggle could give me lol. i am at a loss and would appreciate any direction as to whether it is a software thing or if i should change the hard drive, or what to do. Any help is much appreciated. thanks in advance

I am one of the many who had succumbed to this problem: C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM missing or corrupt. I am running windows XP home edition on an HP Dv2000 notebook, and have tried almost everything. Repair console wont work as is says it cannot find hard drive, and yet when I go into Bios it says it is there (Notebook HDD) (a SATA btw) . Running a check on the hard drive yeilds nothing but a fit bill of health. I cannot access command prompt, or any safe mode. Running a HP recovery install is also fixing nothing. I am stuck with a laptop that just keeps cycling around in circles, constantly rebooting itself. I really need the files it holds, so I would prefer to repair it if I could!

I despair. Please help!

When I turned on my computer last night it said:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file bystarting Windos setup using the original setup CD-Rom
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

Hoever I don't have the original disk, because it came pre-installed. It is an Acer, using Windos XP Home Edition
Please help me

Hello all!

A couple days ago I rebooted my Dell Inspiron 1520 running XP and got a blue screen of death with the msg
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Okay. I tried following the instructions on Microsoft's site (didn't work) and a few efforts on http://www.help2go.com/content/tutor...g-corrupt.html. It appears to me that all my restore point files shown in recovery console using option 3 at that link have 0 bytes....making me think system restore wasn't working correctly.

Anyways, then I noticed I had a both c:\windows and f:\windows in the recovery console prompt and only logging into f:\ asked for the admin password.

So I log into the F drive this time and the Microsoft solution is working! until....I get to the last chunk of commands.

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

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

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

When I got to the last chunk there, the second "copy" parts, I get
"The system cannot find the file path specified." Of course, in the above, I subbed F for C. Not sure why I have 2 windows drives either.

Please help!

Computer: Latitude D410 (Windows XP)
More Information: http://www.dell.com/content/topics/t...en&cs=rc956904

It's now displaying a ERROR:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup
using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'R' at the first screen to start repair

Picture Below:



When I to repair it goes back to the same screen 20 seconds later..
I can't get into Safe Mode or anything...
Please also note this computer has NO CD Drive so I can't put in CD's however I have a usb stick and it has a usb slot Is there anything I can do? Please...

Picture below:




I have some personal files, I wish to keep if that's possible

Please help and give me your advice!
I would be so thankful!!
Kind Regards,

Hi

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

Thanks

Irene

ok so basically i havent been on my computer since last week. im on a friends computer and im looking for online help.

i put a few things on my start menu folder like google chrome to start up whenever my computer turns on. but i dont know if that has anything to do with the error.

also i went to a start menu configuration menu where there were checks on alot of things and i took one off for i think it was registry mechanic because it always makes my computer lag when it starts up. thats the only changes i can think of that happened before my computer stopped working correctly.

whenever i turn on my computer it starts up and goes to a black screen and a message appears. it looks like this.

Quote:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at teh first screen to start repair.
the problem is i dont have an xp professional repair cd or the original cd. so far i know how to get to safe mode and it doesnt work it just goes back to the same message again. also i can get to the bios setup utility. i got there by randomly clicking f buttons before it go to the same message that it always goes to.

and from there i can see that the primary IDE slave is not detected. but i can still adjust it and what not. i ended up turning on the 32 bit data transfer bcause i thought it should probably be enabled not disabled. also changed the SMART monitoring but i changed it back to auto. all the other settings are on auto.

so my question is will i be able to fix my system 32 problem from the bios setup utility or should i just give up and wipe my harddrives clean??? also if theres any other way to fix my problem. im sort of running out of options here...

thanks for any help that you guys give me.

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

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

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM
Select 'r" at the first screen to start repair.


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

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


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

1: I tried unplugging my cd drive, the only other drive in my computer (not even a floppy) and that didn't change anything.
2: The BIOS looks like it did.
3: It's a 1TB harddrive with two partitions, one is just a backup that is usually set to drive D:\.
4: I used an external hdd but let my cousin borrow it several days ago before I left and maybe he used it while I was gone and somehow swapped the drive letters. He's no good with computers so he wouldn't know HOW to do that.
5: I took my mouse/keyboard with me for my laptop - so he would have needed to use his own or take one from our old computer, it doesn't look like he touched the other computer though.

If I try to use the recovery console, it freezes when i select the drive. Looks like I have to reinstall....

Hi i am currently running windows XP Media Center edition 2005,
On an dell dimension 9200, not too sure about the spec

i have recently installed my linksy wireless adapter again as it was not working,
deleted a programme name spynomore(virus)?
and delted some files from :my program files...

Then turned off my computer, turned it back on to find that it would not start and a message appeared shortly after loading: windows could not start becasue the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. this happend every time i turned the pc on

I tried to fix this by encerting my windows XP media center setup CD and running the repair console and using chkdsk \r and restarting my computer

Now my pc loads and i get a black screen saying there is a probelm etc. and able to either press start the pc in safe mode, with networking,last known config etc.

however which ever one i select my computer screen comes up with a blue screen telling me something about a virus and my hard drive and its not working i also get this code:
0x0000007B (0xBA4C3524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

any help what i should do?
or any more information i need to give?

thanks

Hello,

please i need help urgently and i know i am in the right place. I wanted to re-install my windows xp home edition. it started well but after a while the computer shut down itself. I thought the battery was discharged. when i put it back on, the re-installation continued. after a while the following message was displayed by the computer:

"windows could not start because the following file is missing:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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"

unfortunately, i dont have the setup CD-ROM to do the repair. Please does anyone have any suggestions on how i can approach this problem. i tried starting it on safemode, but got thesame message. i simply cannot log in.

system information:
notebook model-compaq presario V2000
Procesor type-mobile AMD Semptron (tm)
processor speed
bios version-f.13
system memory 256.

please reply. i welcome all suggestions

Hi, i have turned my pc on, i have a error message.
Black screen with message 'Windows could not start becausethe following file is missing or corrupt:'
\windows\system32\config\system.
you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows set up using the original setup cd-rom.
Trouble is that i donot have a setup cd-rom, my friend built the pc for myself a few years ago.
He does not have the cd rom anymore.
Can any one help me

Ps i am not very good on computer, so it has to be very easy explanation.

Many thanks

Hello,

please i need help urgently and i know i am in the right place. I wanted to re-install my windows xp home edition. it started well but after a while the computer shut down itself. I thought the battery was discharged. when i put it back on, the re-installation continued. after a while the following message was displayed by the computer:

"windows could not start because the following file is missing:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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"

unfortunately, i dont have the setup CD-ROM to do the repair. Please does anyone have any suggestions on how i can approach this problem. i tried starting it on safemode, but got thesame message. i simply cannot log in.

system information:
notebook model-compaq presario V2000
Procesor type- mobile AMD Semptron (tm)
processor speed-1600 mhz
bios version- f.13
system memory- 256.

please reply. i welcome all suggestions

I am currently writing to you on my friend's laptop as my desktop with ALL my files and documents will NOT open. I stupidly turned it off in the socket last night as it was shutting down; something you should never do I know. I was tired and had a hard day. I received some upsetting news you see, wasn't thinking. Can someone please help me. I need that PC for work. Everything is on there. All my files, all my data. I need to have it working as it is the only source for the internet and all my files, and for my work.

It is a DELL Dimension 9150. I have tried to enter it via Safe Mode but it is not working.

This is the error message:

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

You can attempt to repair this file by staring Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

The problem is that this Dimension did not come with a Setup CD-ROM. I have a Windows XP Home Edition CD and a Drivers and Utilities Windows XP Home Edition CD. Can I use either of those? My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Version.

Please can someone help. I hadn't backed the data recently as I was going to do that this week.

I would really appreciate help with this as the PC no matter what I do is not starting up, as I get the above message the entire time.

Kind regards,
Airmiles