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Windows XP Crash - System File Missing

By hattrick1 ·
My Compaq Presario 8000 with windows XP took a power hit and doesnot boot up. I get a message stating that a file is corrupt or missing
\windows\system32\config\system. I am assuming that I will need to load a start up CD ROM and the system willr evert back to its original configuration. I donot have a recent back up of the system configuration.

Is there a way I can load the start up CDROM and still retain the files and applications I have loaded on the PC? Thanks

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by OnTheRopes In reply to Windows XP Crash - System ...

Directions for performing an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP can be found at the following link.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;315341

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows XP Crash - System ...

Before you start you should do some diagnostics. The first thing to do would be to get a copy of the HDD makers Testing Utility and run it to make sure that the HDD has not been damaged. If it has the best thing to do is remove it fit it as a Slave to another computer and save your data.

Then the next thing to do would be to download The Ultimate Boot CD from

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

Set your system to Boot from the CD/DVD drive and run the various diagnostics. If you have any failures replace the defective bits and then reload the entire system.

If one of the System files has been corrupted then most likely a lot of the others will have been as well.

It's safer to save your data and do a clean install with all known good parts.

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by wcp In reply to Windows XP Crash - System ...

1. Run CHKDSK /R from Repair Console or by connecting the HD to a Win 2K/XP system

2. http://tinyurl.com/4y24g: How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting (MS KB307545). Backup data before you try this. Do not try this method if you are not comfortable of doing it.

3. Backup data and clean install Windows. If your registry is indeed damaged, corrupted or missing, reinstallation (in-place upgrade or repair installation) of Windows does not work because there?s no current Windows!

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