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Startup Registry File Recovery Error Msg

By JaneB ·
Three months ago I started getting this error message each time I turned the computer on: "One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful." I hit OK and everything seemed normal. Then the day arrived when I turned the computer on and it wouldn't boot. The error message said WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM file is missing or corrupt. I had to clean re-install Windows. Everything was fine for about 10 days after the re-install but now the original error message is back: i.e. "One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful." What is the cause of this error and how can I fix this before my system crashes again?

Jane

System is Win XP Service Pk 2

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by diskaus In reply to Startup Registry File Rec ...

Sounds like virus activity, did you have a reputable antivirus program running, Windows firewall activated, or even check for spyware or adware(malware) all of these are capable of bringing in "trojan" virsuses If you have not done the above already I would suggest you download a copy of such programs and run them ASAP, go to www.download.com, or www.tucows.com and do a search for "malware" and "Antivirus" there are several utilities to choose from , I use AdAware SE , Spysweeper and Norton System Works, ( Norton Systemworks also has other system utilities that help in the recovery of system crashes)
I hope this helps you .

Steve

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by JaneB In reply to

I have Norton Internet Security 2005 firewall and AntiVirus running with up to date viruses definitions. I did a full system scan and no viruses were found.

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by diskaus In reply to Startup Registry File Rec ...

Turn off system restore and restart in safemode and try scanning again just to be sure,
To turn off system restore go http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;264887
for more infoormation on viruses and system restore go http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;831829

Steve

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by JaneB In reply to

I found no viruses in Safe mode using Norton AntiVirus. The technician that did the XP re-install removed 4 viruses by scaning with several different virus products.

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by DouglasB In reply to Startup Registry File Rec ...

You might also wish to check the hard drive with a hard drive utility, at least you seem to have eliminated the virus possibility.

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by JaneB In reply to

Downloaded and ran Maxtor's hard drive utility and hard drive passed full scan testing.

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by ManISKid In reply to Startup Registry File Rec ...

10 days..... it puzzles that this message took so long to manifest itself, you may have to think back to what you did before it occured and for posterity undo it (such as uninstall an application, etc) and test with a restart.

"One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful."

This sounds like one of you applications or virus checkers has corrupted the registry and windows xp has allowed itself to start by searching through the file system and finding the needed information.

So what you need to do is to load Event Viewer and look for an entry at startup where this event is logged. You need to find out what registry entry is missing, then you can go about fixing it.

Let us know and we can help.

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by JaneB In reply to

The error message that I had been consistently receiving at boot:

"One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful."

hasn't occurred now for the past several times ... (6 or 7 boots). I don't know if it's corrected itself or if the problem still exists and will come back later. The only significant thing I did besides checking for viruses (and finding none) and verifying the integrity of the hard drive with Maxtor's hard drive utility was to defrag the hard drive.

Before the system crash and the XP re-install I had defraged the hard drive without effect on this boot error message so I am very surprised. Unfortunately I still don't know the root cause of the error except it doesn't appear to be related to viruses or hard drive malfunction. I'm closing the question since the system seems stable now. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

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