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File missing from windows installation?

By jb444
Jul 18, 2007
  1. Hi all,
    I recently helped my brother build a PC (all went nicely), and he gave me his old pc in return (athlon xp 2800+, 1gb pc2700, 120gb hdd, havent opened it up yet so not sure of accurate specs).
    All that he did to it was take out the second hdd before giving it to me, and now when i turn it on after 1st screen i get the message:
    windows could not start because the following file is corrupt or missing
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
    you can attempt to repair this file using the original setup CD-ROM
    As I only have a copy of XP pro and my brother long ago lost the CD that came with the computer (he had it custom built by an online company), I put in the xp pro cd and set in the BIOS to boot from cd but got the same message (presumably ill have to make a boot floopy if i need to reformat and install since it wont boot from cd).
    Is there any way I can solve the problem without getting an xp home cd?
    Will getting an xp home cd solve the problem?
    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    The Bart`s PE method is a possiblity.HERE
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,342   +622

    >C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

    this is one of the REGISTRY files; use restore to recover it
     
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