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Hi guys

I have windows xp pro with a pentium 3    933 mhz and 384 ram. It has crashed and now when i boot my computer i get this error:
 

windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:   /windows/system32/config/system


so i would really appreciate it if i could get some help i am trying to avoid formatting.

thanks

gaurav
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by:asurada2003
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Do u have another xp system??
U can placing the error hdd to the other xp system.
I think when boot up it will run a scandisk on the error hdd.
Maybe u problem will be fix.
I did try it before. :)
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by:Huseyin1
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Hi

I'm sure a reinstall of XP will help you here:

Repair
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

why not try typing SFC in the start/run box and running that.

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by:buckeyes33
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As stated above you are going to have to do a repair installation of XP.  Most of your files will still be there as long as you only do a repair install.  You need to just put your windows cd into the cd-rom boot up and then choose to repair XP.
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Kyle Schroeder earned 720 total points
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I have seen this error many many times on Win2000 machines.  What you need to do is start in Recovery Console (if you have it available) and copy over the C:\Windows\repair\system.bak to C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\system (remove the .bak after you copy it).  This file is the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch of the system registry.  This backup may not have the latest hardware information in it however (i.e. new printers, USB devices, etc) but it should get you back up and running.

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by:pegasys
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You can repair XP....

install Xp as normal, i.e. boot off the CD, go through the motions..

There are 2 recovery modes on the CD. The first, brings you into a MSDOS prompt mode, its not this one, carry on installing as per normal. The second, does a refresh of the files, this is what you need...

If that doesnt work, install SP1a, and the WIndows Updates, these could fix it too...
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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pegasys reminded me...if you didn't install Recovery Console before, you can still access it now by booting from the XP CD then choosing Repair and use Recovery Console to copy the files.

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