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I just go my pc crashed! Each time I boot up now, it tells me one of my files in the C:\WINNT\system32\config folder is missing or corrupted. If I'm not mistaken, the corruption is the system file. Anyone know how I can go round this problem w/o having to reinstall win2k once again? thanx ;o)

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Note the following approcah will not replace any system files.

Can you boot to your Win2000 CD? If so then when it finally boots At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10, or press R to repair, and then C to start the Recovery Console this will allow you to use the command line. From here do something like the following. Or if the file system is FAT32 you can use a Win98 bootdisk to do this. www.bootdisk.com

COPY /Y C:\WINNT\repair\RegBack\TheParticularHive C:\WINNT\system32\config\

This will replace the registry hive to the last time that hive was backuped. Hopefully you didn't backup the registry at the time the problems started to happen.

Following is a list of the files that are the registry hives. I would suggest starting with the SYSTEM hive and then reboot and if the problem still persists do the SOFTWARE hive next. Note these files don't have a file extension on them

DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
SOFTWARE
SYSTEM

I would suggest to first backup these hives from the C:\WINNT\system32\config\ to folder of your making or choice just don't back them up to the C:\WINNT\repair\RegBack\ folder.

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Thanx CrazyOne. Got my pc up already. Though, I 'm facing some minor problems but nothing important. Thanx once again :o)
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You are welcome. :>)
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