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    WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

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    by it4me ·

    Home-built System:
    ~ MS WinXP Pro OS (OEM full version) w/ SP1
    ~ AMD Athlon XP 1800+ CPU
    ~ 512 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM (Mushkin)
    ~ MSI KT3 Ultra2 MoBo
    ~ 2×20 GB Western Digital IDE HDD
    ~ Asus 50x CD-ROM
    ~ Iomega 250 MB Zip Drive

    Problem:
    ~ Recently downloaded and installed Diskeeper (version 7.0.428.0) from Executive Software International, Inc.
    ~ Then ran “Max Disk Performance” defragmentation of [C:] Drive.
    ~ Rebooted PC and now get following error message during OS boot:

    “Windowscould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
    You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
    Select ‘r’ at the first screen to start repair.”

    Followed these instructions by booting from the WinXP Pro OEM CD-ROM, then selected ‘r’ for the repair console. This takes you to a command-line interface at [C:\WINDOWS>].

    What is the next step to repair/replace the above file?

    Also, pressed [F8] key during OS boot to enter [Windows Advanced Options Menu]. Then selected [Last Known Good Configuration], but this option reverts back to same error message as above.

    Running out of ideas here…..

    TIA

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    • #3357453

      WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      by tduval ·

      In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      It seems that your kernel is broken.

      Try to boot xp, and re-install in the same directory.
      Small luck not to lose all your programs.
      Datas won’t be loose, until you format.

      • #3357235

        WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        by it4me ·

        In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        Thanks for your reply. If I did this, however, then all previous settings in various profiles would be lost when Windows overwrites during [Setup].

    • #3357407

      WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      by justanadmin ·

      In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      Once you are back to the command prompt after going into repair, try running the chkdsk command.

      Hopefully that will fix your problems.

      Good luck!

      • #3357236

        WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        by it4me ·

        In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        Thanks for your reply. I had previously tried this, but it had no beneficial effect.

    • #3357399

      WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      by ann777 ·

      In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      Boot to Recovery Console and run:

      chkdsk /r

      • #3357237

        WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        by it4me ·

        In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        Thanks for your reply. I had previously tried this, but it had no beneficial effect.

    • #3357386

      WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      by sgt_shultz ·

      In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      there is an important system file called, er, system (no extension). hopefully, you’ll have a copy of it in your repair folder. if chkdsk /r doesn’t fix it, you can replace the missing/corrupt system file from your repair folder, located, probably, c:\windows\system\repair
      copy it to the \windows\system32\config\system folder. good luck

      • #3357238

        WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        by it4me ·

        In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

        Bingo!! You have jogged my memory from my A+ classes of many years ago. First I renamed the current (i.e. corrupt) SYSTEM file to SYSTEM.OLD, and then copied a good version of this file from the WinXP Pro CD-ROM to the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG directory.

        Thanks again! You win the prize!!

    • #3357234

      WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

      by it4me ·

      In reply to WinXP Pro Will Not Boot

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