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Missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

By Bry
Aug 27, 2008
  1. Hello. I turned on my computer today to find this error on a black screen.

    Windows would 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.

    I am typing from a friend's computer.

    I can neither start through safe mode or normal mode.
    I don't have the original Setup CD-ROM, but I'm hoping a friend would have it...

    The computer itself isn't as fast as I would like it to be, but I've spent countless hours for the files that are on it. Even then, I never made a back-up disk - the restore points are in the computer. Shame on me =(

    It's a Windows XP Home Edition.

    Help is gratefully appreciated!!
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    'Slave' the drive and copy off anything vital First Thing.

    The threads listed below this one on the page have advice - the top one has a lot but jobeard knows whereof he speaks.
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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