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System recovery in Windows XP

By computab ·
If Windows XP wont start, you can recover with the Windows XP CD. You start from the CDROM, and you get to a screen where you press 'R'. You then get a screen which says: Microsoft Windows XP recovery Console. The recovery console provides system repair and recovery functionality. Type EXIT to quit recovery console and restart the computer (not helpful!)
1. C:\Windows
Which Windows installation would you like to log onto? (number 1 of course but if you press 1 it goes to the c:\windows prompt, and you can only press one key.) How do you repair the system?
The error message on startup is that a file is missing: c:\windows\system32\config\system, and the system halts.

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by DamonPolich In reply to System recovery in Window ...

You can run the recovery (works sometimes) or reinstall win XP making sure you don't to the install that formats the drive. Just writes over the old install.

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by wcp In reply to System recovery in Window ...

The error message usually indicates Windows file (or Registry) corruption.

From Recovery Console, run ?chkdsk c: /r? without the quotes. This chkdsk is very useful tool and I used it several times with excellent results.

If this does not work, refer to MS KB article 307545 or http://tinyurl.com/o5u8

Or backup data (e.g. by connecting to other computer) and reinstall Windows on top of the current one.

Your final option is to clean install Windows.

If you need more info, please post a comment.

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If indeed the Registry got damaged, reinstallation of Windows on top of the current one may not be an option because the installation process may not recognize the current Windows.

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