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Win2K: c:\winnt\system32\config\system

By Gary Aitchison ·
I have a problem with my MD's laptop. He's getting the error "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: c:\winnt\system32\config\system".

I've tried to copy the system file from the repair folder but it does not exist. Have tried to run an automatic repair but it cannot find a valid windows installation. I have even tried to run chkdsk as this has been known to work for other pro's. I've tried renaming the file to system.old and the copying it back to system but that doesn't work.

Please does anybody have any ideas how I can resolve this problem without having to re-install the laptop.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks


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by willcomp In reply to Win2K: c:\winnt\system32\ ...

This error indicates a corrupt registry. MS has a Win 2000 registry repair tool that is run from the XP (yes XP) installation diskettes. My experience is that it works about 50% of the time.

There is a link to XP install diskettes (6 floppies if memory is correct).


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by Gary Aitchison In reply to

Found enough info between the two answers to solve many thanks and most sincere apologies for not having closed and rated this. Didn't realise I hadn't.

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by razz2 In reply to Win2K: c:\winnt\system32\ ...

There are so many articles and so little time.

Try these ( I have used a few of them and they do work
depending on the issue):;en-us;

Good Luck,


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