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config/system file missing

By makbar ·
Dear supports,

I cant start my windows XP. Whenever i start my computer there is a error message

"Window couldnt not start because the following files is missing


What should i do?

I tired to put a original Winxp Cd and press R for repair. But what steps i need after pressing R?

Please help


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by 3xp3rt In reply to

Try the chkdsk /f command. If your problem still exist, boot from Win XP cd and reinstall the win XP, over the old installation.

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by makbar In reply to config/system file missin ...

Please let me know in details what command i should type?

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by w2ktechman In reply to config/system file missin ...

This is the system registry file. If you have a registry backup, now is a good time to use it. If not, the best way around is to rebuild.

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by dmiles In reply to config/system file missin ...

1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
4. When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
5. 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

6. Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.

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