Windows won't start

By Daniel Meeks
Aug 22, 2010
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  1. Hello.

    Upon trying to Boot my PC>

    I am receiving the error message:

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.

    After reading through your forum. I have tried the following fixes:


    md tmp
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

    delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
    copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
    copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
    copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

    * After typing the first line, *copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak* and pressing enter, I get the following message:

    The System cannot find the file specified.

    [Removed LINK:]

    This is a suggested fix, [ boot up 'R' from the bluescreen Windows back up CD.] Instead of pressing f12, boot menu, then choosing 'R' and typing the lines of code, in 1.] listed above, In the recovery module.

    * This does not work, as I am not presented with the same options, as the blue screen shots pictured in this tutorial.

    Specifically. I am not given the option, as it shows on the bluescreen tutorial.

    To repair the selected Windows XP installation press R.

    *My re-installation DVD is labelled: Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre Version 2005 with Update Rollup 2


    [Removed LINK:]

    1. cd system32
    2. cd config
    3. ren system system.old
    4. cd .. (note the space after cd it is important)
    5. cd .. (note the space after cd it is important)
    6. cd repair

    * Again, after typing the third line, *ren system system.old,*
    I receive the following message:

    The system cannot find the file or directory specified.


    I am completely stuck, as to what to try next.

    Any help or assistance, or a solution would be greatly appreciated.

    [I have had to remove the links, where I found these suggested solutions as I am a new poster]
  2. Daniel Meeks

    Daniel Meeks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Help HElp!
  3. Daniel Meeks

    Daniel Meeks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Help Help Help!!!!

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