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Old 08-07-2007, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. I am posting about a problem which i am having on another computer of mine... whenever i try to boot my computer, i get a message which says windows cannot start up because file windows\system32\config\system is missing. So, i did a little research on google and got tho this pagehttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 .. . which tells how to correct it in the recovery console. i followed every step and typed everything as into the console. everything worked, except when i typed this line: copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
told me that it was an invalid file or directory. So now i am completely lost as to how to recover this. I cannot find any other options to fix this problem. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated! thanks in advance
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Welcome to Tech-Forums.
Have you tried to do a Windows repair from the Windows CD, not the recovery console?
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how would i go about doing a repair from the CD?
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Back up just in case.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

The repair should not erase your files, instead it just replaces and add missing system files. But you need to back up in case things go wrong.
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