Can't boot after loading SP2 (even from CD): Missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system
Posted on 2004-10-24
I'm running Windows XP and just installed SP2. Rebooted upon completion of installation and boot failed with a msg of:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing of corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Window Setup usig the original Setup CD-ROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
So, stuck my Windows XP (HomeEdition) CD in the CD drive, set the Boot Sequence in the BIOS to "CDROM , C, A" and tried to reboot. The good news is it then says "Boot from ATAPI CD ROM:" and then "Press any key to boot from CD .....". The bad news is it seems to ignore any keyboard input (i.e., the "..." keeps on dotting) and then goes back to a screen with the above error on it. Since I can't get it to boot from the CD I can't get to the recovery console.
In case any of the following matters:
- System is a AMD-KS-2/450
- Keyboard is a USB one (the PS2 port burned out some time ago); it does recognize the DEL key to get me into the BIOS
- tried sticking in a boot floppy (and setting the Boot Sequence to "A,C,SCSI"_ , but it still went to the error msg.
I have a USB thumb drive available if that would be of any use. Also a USB CD ROM drive. Hey, I'm reaching here...
Thanks in advance...