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By Cashie18
Dec 29, 2008
  1. I own a ASUS A2500D Laptop i got it second hand of my mate so it didnt come with the setup disks it runs on XP PRO, About a week ago i turned my PC off then back on and it came up with the WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is corrupt
    i tried all the options from the F8 Menu and they didnt work. I also tried to boot from a cr@py Boot Disk i got of the net and that failed even harder anyone have any ideas on whats going on
  2. jonisaksson

    jonisaksson TS Enthusiast Posts: 83

    Without the XP installation disk or rescue disks I think it will be hard to do anything if indeed your installation is corrupt.
    Unless you are lucky that a checkdisk will fix it.

    There are several very good boot disks around, you can try www.bootdisk.com but I think Techspot have a few as well.
    With a boot disk you should be able to get a dos command prompt and be able to run checkdisk.

    Out of interest what was wrong with the bootdisk you tried?
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Unfortunately you are going to need the Windows CD. This error requires the following:

    Boot into the BIOS: after logo loads, BEFORE Windows would begin the load, press F12 or Del to enter. 1. Use the arrow keys to skip along the top to the BOOT section.
    2. Change Boot order to CD first, Hard Drive second.
    3. Exit and Save.
    4. Insert the CD> 'press any key', boot from the Setup.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    here's one technique I used to save critical data

    and another which will recover the corrupt registry files(system32\config is the registry directory :( )
    my TIP: https://www.techspot.com/vb/topic98544.html

    C:\Windows\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe is the Rstore program

    hum; have you ever try this option? the \repair directory is minimal and
    the registry files there are NEVER updated from an install; ergo
    anything you've installed will be lost in the sense that the necessary
    registry entries will be missing even though all the files are still
    present ;(

    here's one kb article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312368/en-us

    another http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312369/en-us

    the procedure referencing the \repair folder is only STEP-1 of a THREE
    step process documented here:

    following all three steps is fruitful (ie it works well) as I can attest
    from my need to recover a corrupt registry ​
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