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Windows system32/config/system

By kurtg44
Nov 15, 2009
  1. got this error message but i dont have my windows xp setup disc. i have a dell inspiron e1405 with the media center edition. can i use another setup disc? i have an unopened office xp pro 2002? if yes, will i still retain all my info, pics, etc? thanks from someone who is computer illiterate
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,856   +901

    Windows system32/config/* is the System registry location containing five critical files.

    The recovery goes like this:
    • use anything you can (even a linux cd) to boot the hardware
    • find the original C:\ disk
    • cd to the \windows\system32\config location
    • now copy \repair\*.* .
    this will make the system bootable, but it will NOT BE CURRENT

    once you reboot (with an ADMIN ID) run C:\Windows\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

    and select a system restore point of your choice
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    @jobeard: I think you mean to copy from C:\windows\repair?????? Not
    > C:\windows\system32\config\repair or
    > C:\repair or ???

    @kurtg44: Take a look here

    / *EDIT */
    Also see this Guide [post=766270]How to recover your folders/files when Windows won’t boot[/post]
    > For any easy method to simply recover your files/folders first (should you want to do that first)
    > As well as if you can't find your Windows CD and you want the Recovery Console and/or an easy boot CD (e.g. to boot into Knoppix)
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,856   +901

    yep. \windows\repair is the correct source location.

    I still prefer the use of restoring using the System Restore points :)
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