Windows can not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
Posted on 2004-10-26
It is an emachines t3025 and when turned off the message Windows can not start because the following file is missing or corrupt c:\windows\system32\config\system. It will not boot beyond this message. I have repaired using the MS procedure for recovering from a corrupt registry, but the problem continues. This makes the fifth time it has occurred, after the 2nd time I took off the OEM load and got MS XP Pro, it worked ok for approx two weeks and then bombed again. I have ran check disk on the hard drive and that came up ok but that doesn't rule out bad hardware, and of course it might be some other app being the culprit.
I'm curious if anyone else has had repeated instances of a corrupted registry such as this. It is frustrating to think the problem is fixed and then have it happen all over again with no warning.