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Old 03-26-2007, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default System32 file missing or corrupt

On start up I get the following message:

"C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt" and windows stops loading.

Can someone please advise on how to solve the problem?
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Old 03-26-2007, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: System32 file missing or corrupt

Pop in windows XP Disk, boot off of it, go to install windows, it will detect a previous installation. Hit R for repair.
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sounds to me like someone must of hacked in ur system and killed the file(s) or ur HD has bad sectors
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Default Re: System32 file missing or corrupt

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Pop in windows XP Disk, boot off of it, go to install windows, it will detect a previous installation. Hit R for repair.
you don't have to do a repair-install.

When you boot from the XP disk, all you need to do is go to the recovery console, and once you log on, type the following commands:

del C:\Windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system
exit


Windows will boot after that.
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sounds to me like someone must of hacked in ur system and killed the file(s) or ur HD has bad sectors
I highly doubt it. There are lots of ways files can become corrupt.
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you don't have to do a repair-install.

When you boot from the XP disk, all you need to do is go to the recovery console, and once you log on, type the following commands:

del C:\Windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system
exit


Windows will boot after that.
Or that....
But thats assuming: that the file listed is the only damaged or missing component of windows. And sometimes its not, so a windows repair takes care of anything else..
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Or that....
But thats assuming: that the file listed is the only damaged or missing component of windows. And sometimes its not, so a windows repair takes care of anything else..
I highly doubt the backup copy will be corrupt.
Even if it is, he can still try a repair-install afterwards.

Typing in the commands in the recovery console takes a lot less time, though.
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I highly doubt the backup copy will be corrupt.
Even if it is, he can still try a repair-install afterwards.

Typing in the commands in the recovery console takes a lot less time, though.
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who do you run a repair install? i have this same problem but i have multiple files corrupt
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Default Re: System32 file missing or corrupt

pop in the xp cd , go to repair and once your in the console Type "chkdsk /r" then enter. When done type "exit" and hit enter.
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who do you run a repair install? i have this same problem but i have multiple files corrupt
To replace currupt or missing system files.
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