XP Booting Problem - Missing or corrupt file, Recovery console admin password

Posted on 2004-09-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I've a multiboot system with WIN2K on C Drive & WIN XP PRO(SP2) on D Drive.

On booting WIN 2K it boots normaly, but for XP I get the message - File missing or corrupt - \windows\system32\config\system
a suggestion is there to attempt to repair through XP setup CD, but the recovery console doesn't accept the admin password that i'd saved.
Any workarounds to recover the XP installation?
Does the boot disk set (for XP SP2) provided by microsoft help?
Can this be recovered using 'ERD Commander 2003' as I read somewhere?

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Do you have the same problem in Safe Mode ?
You can even repair your Windows XP booting from the CD.

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Yes, same error is encountered in safe mode also.
Tried repairing through Recovery Console as mentioned but couldn't get past the admin password.

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The idea was to reinstall from the CD and choose the second repair in the setup, do not use Recovery Console.
XP will retains your settings and asks you for a new password.

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Thanx to all of you guys, I was able to start my system using F8/Last Known Good Configuration.


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