Cannot reboot after installing WindowsXP - have to reinstall
Posted on 2002-05-01
I recently upgraded my ageing system by buying a new motherboard and processor. This is the spec of my system:
Athlon XP 1800+
20Gb Quantum Fireball lct-15
Ok, so i've now installed WindowsXP 3 times and though the installation goes fine, when I reboot the system(not necessari;y the 1st time) I get the following error before the OS loads (black screen):
Cannot find the file
C:\Windows\system32\config\system the file is either missing or corrupt
I cannot recover from this and am forced to re-install unless I made a backup of the file from when it worked and copy it over the 'corrupt' version. Though I have had some successful reboots, after a few times this message always appears forcing me to start again which is very frustating.
My question is, is this a hardware problem?