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

By lmark
Mar 23, 2009
  1. When I power up my dell inspiron 1150, the following message appears:

    "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

    You can attempt to repair this file by starting wWindows Setup using the original Setup CD-Rom.
    Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

    This happened once before. I had a friend of mine try this repair deal but could not get it to work. He then reloaded the OS from the original disk. The computer worked for another week or so and then started giving the above message again on power up.


    Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am not very computer literate.


    Thanks in advance,


    Larry
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. lmark

    lmark TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Ok, I get to the recovery console and it gives me a c:\WINDOWS>

    What next, the instructions are not real clear
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  5. lmark

    lmark TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Oh I read it, just don't understand most of it
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Actually it is difficult, if you haven't done it before

    Try the Repair idea (links above)

    Or just backup and re-install clean. This post (a lot easier ;)) can help with that:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic123957.html
     
  7. lmark

    lmark TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    So with this being the second time this has happend in a short time, what are the odds any of this will fix the problem?
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I have seen this fault happen twice (or more) even after repairing

    The fault can actually be with faulty hardware, namely Ram or Harddrive
    These links can help with that (wow it's a link day :))
    Memtest
    Drive Diagnostics
     
  9. lmark

    lmark TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Ok, so I ran a diagnostic on the computer. DST short test FAIL.......code 1000-0146 Msg: unit 2:DST log contains previous error(s)



    What does that mean?
     
  10. lmark

    lmark TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Never mind, looks like the hard drive is shot.
     
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