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windows/sytem32/config/system corrupt

By andrew_rigby ·
I have an athlon 1800xp set-up with 40Gb hard drive with three partitions 1) c:/win 98 (5Gb), 2) d:/Win XP (5Gb) and 3) e:/My documents. Recently I rebooted picked the XP op sys and I had the following message: windos/system32/config/system file is corrupt or missing. Reboot with xp disk and press R or something like that. Obviously because there are two op systems on there I can get into the d but don't know what to do, would it be possible to just copy the content of this folder into the directory and restart as normal? Any suggestions would be most welcome!

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by Joseph Moore In reply to windows/sytem32/config/sy ...

Oops! Corrupt Registry.
Read this Technet article to how to recover from a corrupt Registry in WinXP:

hope this helps

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by wcp In reply to windows/sytem32/config/sy ...

I recommend do "CHKDSK c: /R" without the quotes from Recovery Console.

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by wcp In reply to

It should have been "D" not "C" on CHKDSK.

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by wcp In reply to

Copy ?config? from where? The folder is THE registry setting and you cannot copy it from another computer to yours and expect it to work.

Basically the answer 1 is to make the computer bootable and do System Restore manually. If the System Restore had been turned off, this will not restore to your latest.

I have experienced a few computers with the same problem as yours and the ?CHKDSK? cured them. If it does not work, you have two options.

1. Follow the answer 1.

2. Buy a third part software (e.g. ERD Commander 2003) and do System Restore. This, of course, is assuemed that the System Restore had not been turned off.

If these fail, backup your data (by connecting the hd to another computer) and start from scratch.

Installation Windows on top of the current one may not work because the current one will not be recognized as Windows. In other words, there is no current Windows.

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by andrew_rigby In reply to windows/sytem32/config/sy ...

Is it not possible to download/copy the contents of the config folder, open up W98, open the system32 dir in the d drive. delete the current config folder and replace it with the one I have downloaded/copied?

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