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XP is not loading (file missing)

By icom ·
I have got a laptop acer travelmate an dits running XP. The question is its not going into windows. Its coming up with "WINDOWS COULD NOT START BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING FILE IS MISSING OR CORRUPTED : windows:\system32\config\system"

How can I best tacle the problem. Is there another way to replace the file?

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by VirginiaBeachBum In reply to XP is not loading (file m ...

I had to continue since there's too many characters and it was truncated:

To copy the restore point in the recovery console, perform the following steps:

Type cd \ and press the <Enter> key.
Type cd system~1\_resto~1 and press the <Enter> key.
Type dir and press the <Enter> key.
A list of the restore points appears listed alphabetically. Choose the restore point folder which is dated the day prior to the occurence of the error reported.
Type cd rpX (where X is the restore point you chose in the step above) and press the <Enter> key.
Type cd snapshot and press the <Enter> key.
Type dir and press the <Enter> key.
Type copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system and press the <Enter> key.
Overwrite system? (Yes/No/All): appears.
Type Y and press the <Enter> key.
Type copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software and press the <Enter> key.
Overwrite software? (Yes/No/All): appears.
Type Y and press the <Enter> key.
Type copy _registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam and press the <Enter> key.
Overwrite sam? (Yes/No/All): appears.
Type Y and press the <Enter> key.
Type copy _registry_machine_security c:\windows\system32\config\security and press the <Enter> key.
Overwrite security? (Yes/No/All): appears.
Type Y and press the <Enter> key.
Type copy _registry_user_.default c:\windows\system32\config\default and press the <Enter> key.
Overwrite default? (Yes/No/All): appears.
Type Y and press the <Enter> key.
Remove the operating system CD and type exit to restart the computer.
NOTE: If any error message is returned while in the recovery console, use an earlier restore point.

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by mschimetz In reply to XP is not loading (file m ...

Do you have an XP CD, try running it and see if there isnt a repair function or reinstall ur windows opr syst.

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by spadedmatrix In reply to XP is not loading (file m ...

To solve this problem you're going to need an XP cd or I believe you can use the XP boot disks. Similarly you may also be able to use a Preboot environment if you can't get your hands on XP disc.

Boot your computer to CD with your XP disc in your optical drive making sure your boot order looks to CD/DVD first. The first option screen you come to after XP loads some preliminaries will give you the option of the recovery console. Select "R" for the console, and once loaded select the appropriate OS (usually 1. C:\WINDOWS\). The system will prompt you for your admin password, and upon entering it you'll come to a C:\WINDOWS\ prompt, from here enter the following lines verbatim, pressing enter after each line (you'll receive a prompt when copying from the repair folder to check if you want to overwrite the chosen file, answer "yes" each time).

cd system32\config
copy sam sam.bak
copy system system.bak
copy security security.bak
copy default default.bak
copy software software.bak
copy c:\windows\repair\sam sam
copy c:\windows\repair\system system
copy c:\windows\repair\security security
copy c:\windows\repair\default default
copy c:\windows\repair\software software
exit

and that's it! You've just replaced your registry from a backup stored in the "repair" folder of windows. When your system reboots you should boot successfully into XP. You might consider running a system restore after a successful boot to a time before your issue. Good luck.

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