Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINNT\SYSTE

By tnorthrop
Aug 12, 2008
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  1. I have a serious problem with my computer Gateway 710. After my computer was shut down, upon restarting a message popped up stating......
    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    WINNT\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 don't have a problem using the recovery cd, all installed software or programs can be reinstalled. My main concern is...Will my pictures be loss? I have no way to back up my pictures and if they are deleted during the repair process, I will loose everything.

    PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!

    Thanks Tena
  2. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

    Usually XP repairs do not delete any files they just replace damaged ones.

    I would suggest you consult Gateway.
  3. tnorthrop

    tnorthrop Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I tried to consult Gateway, but because my computer is no longer under warranty, they want to charge me for support.
  4. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,275   +280

  6. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

    jobeard - don't they ALL get rebuilt on a Repair Install?
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,275   +280

    Yes I would believe so, but there are manual processes to effect the same recovery,
    even documented on the Windows site, which copy and rename files.

    My notes was ONLY to ensure that someone didn't attempt the apparent shortcut
    of fixing only the corrupted file :)

    As shown on the first sitation, I was able to use a Linux CD to copy/rename very nicely.
    [edit: oops, First is the offloading of precious files, the second is the synopsis of techniques ]
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