Windows\system32\config\system File is missing or corrupt
Posted on 2004-09-01
I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, when powered up I get a screen that says Windows did not start successfully.
I then have the options of starting in:
safe mode with networking
safe mode with command prompt
last know good configuration
or start windows normally
when choosing anyone of these option I get a message saying, Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt; \windows\system32\config\system
Then it says I can attempt to repair this by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom.
Select 'R' at the first screen to start repair.
This where it get kinda stupid, when I put the setup cd in the drive and reboot it goes back to the screen as descibed above, its like its not trying to read the cd, there is an option to toggle your boot drives by pressing f12 or the arrow keys immediatly after you power up, but that has no response either. I have no clue how to access the bios on this thing to ensure the cd rom is the first boot device. I do press f8 on boot up and get a few extra boot options such as debugging mode, boot logging but again it reverts back to the corrupt or missing files.
I am pretty sure I can get around the corrupt or missing file issue once I can get it to boot from either a diskette or cd.
Any ideas or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.