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Old 02-24-2005, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just installed Windows XP 64bit edition about a week and a half ago, and it has been working perfectly. I just got some new parts, 2 case fans a PCI fan, and a hard drive fan. After installing them, I forgot to plug the hard drive cables back in, and when I started windows it didn’t work right. So I plugged them back in and Windows started fine.

I turned the computer off for a little while, and came back later, now Windows won’t start. It reads, “Windows could not start because the following file is missing:\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.

So what I did was…got my Windows XP Pro x64 and put it in, went to Windows Startup, and ‘r’ is not an option. My 2 options, before it starts reinstalling windows are…. Press F6 if installing a third party SCSI or RAID driver, and press F2 to start Windows Automated System Recovery. So I pressed F2, and it says I need to insert the floppy called Windows Automated System Recovery Disk in the floppy drive then it will continue. I don’t have a floppy called that, because the only way to get this version of windows is to download it from the Microsoft website, and you don’t get anything. So I don’t know what to do, the only thing I could think of doing, is throwing that file onto the computer over a network, but (1) I can’t get into the Windows folder over the network, and (2) I have Windows XP Home on this computer and don’t know if the file is different the XP PRO x64. So I don’t think I can or want to do that. Anyway, I don’t know what to do, I could re-install windows, but I don’t really want to do that again. Any help would be appreciated. thanks

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Old 02-24-2005, 05:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have only had this install for a week.
Re-do it.

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Old 02-24-2005, 07:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ve tried using the repair to copy my lost ntldr file back to where tis supposed to be, its a right pain, all u can do is format and do again sry dude
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Old 02-24-2005, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, I have one idea in mind, if that doesnt work, then formatting, thanks though
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