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Old 08-24-2006, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows 2000 Bootup problems - reinstall?


I have a laptop with Windows 2000 and get the following error message when I bootup:

""Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM""

I wish to recover the data (files) from the hard drive. When I try reinstalling windows, i get the following message:

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer. Use the up and down arrows to select an item on this list:

-to set up Windows 2000 on the selected items, press enter
-to create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C
-to delete the selected partition, press D

19078 MB disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on atapi
C: NTFS 19072 MB (7756 MB free)

I am unsure which option to choose. I want to keep the existing data on the hard drive and not erase it. Will one of the 3 options above be able to fix my bottup problem, while still keeping the existing data?


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Old 08-24-2006, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can attempt a repair, which will restore and overwrite all your system files, but won't format or make you lose any data. But you may have to reinstall certain applications again, like your virus scanner and such.

Or you can attempt a recovery, the article below is for XP but is the same for 2000, should be.;EN-US;307545

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