Ok heres the deal,
I tried to bootup my PC this morning it said: Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S
To fix this I tried using MS Knowledge Base Article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307545
that dealt with this same error code.
I got it to boot to XP Pro, a new Admin name was created, I copied those System Volume Files to the tmp and renamed the files perfectly.
Then I got all the way to Step 3.) I did not leave out any steps, and when and when I tried the command: copy c:\windows\tmp\software c:\windows\system32\config
in the recovery console, It could not copy as it did not recognize the filename!!! I exited the console, rebooted and it would not let me boot! I had already deleted the c:\windows\system32\config
\XXXXX files as per prior step.
So I just copied the files back using c:\windows\repair\system files and I was able to boot up again.
EACH TIME IT BOOTS UP, its like a new installation of Windows with a new activation key required, HUGE dispay, etc. (I've entered 2 new activation keys tonight!)
Then funny this is: All my programs are listed and some of them open like ADAWARE (which found 8 Alexis reg keys?!) are still there but most of them arent installed.
Also none of my device drivers are installed (soundcard//videocard//eth
Program Files // Accessories // System Restore = Shows the earliest restore point as today, but if I go into System Volume Info I can see restore points from a long time ago!!!!
How can get thoseI restore out and get my documents and drivers back????