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Missing or corrupt \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced

I was getting an error when I tried to start up Windows 2000 Professional. It was saying \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM was missing or corrupt. All I wanted was some data off the hard drive so I went into the repair console and copied the \repair\system over the one that was corrupt. It worked. I booted into Windows after it did a Checkdisk. Before copying the data over I shut the thing down and now it comes up with the Missing or corrupt "\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced" error. I was trying to do the same thing however once I'm in the repair console I cannot change directory to winnt. It gives me an access denied error.

Something I noticed that was different between the both times, the first time I was prompted for which Windows Installation to repair and the second time I was not, it just sent me right to the C: prompt.

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Hello lpse2000 =)

I think you are required to run a repair install now.... it will not delete your data or program files... and will restore all the windows system files and registries back to default! :)

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000:;en-us;292175&Product=win2000
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Regarding the first response, I cannot copy the file because it gives me an access denied error.

I tried doing a reinstall also, but it says that Setup determined the C: Drive is corrupted and cannot be repaired. Setup can't continue. Perhaps my file system is messed up somehow. Know any NTFS fixing programs? I can't do a repair because it can't find the windows installation and I don't have an emergency repair disk.

Also, is there a boot disk out there that I can boot up my computer into and access my files and use my USB port or even NIC? All I really need is some files on there.

>> Also, is there a boot disk out there that I can boot up my computer into and access my files and use my USB port or even NIC?
You can use Bart's PE cd... it will give the access to network for backing up your data!

Bart's PE Builder CD >>
Download the ISO image file and then burn it on a blank CD with the help of a cd burning software!
Fatal has written detailed instructions here >>
I made a boot disk of a Windows XP installation using the Bart's PE Builder. However, when I try to boot up any machine (I've tried 3 including the one I made the CD from and the one I'm trying to get into) I get a Blue Screen of Death.


Technical Information:

*** Stop: 0x00000071 (0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
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I can't actually do that. The computer is a Dell Latitude laptop. The hard drive is removable, but not conventional IDE.
You can :)

You can use a Laptop IDE convertor adapter to connect a laptop hard drive to a desktop system as described here,
How To Connect a Laptop Hard Drive to a Desktop PC:

OR can use a USB 2.0 To IDE convertor cable to connect any hard drive via USB Ports of any laptop or desktop system,
USB 2.0 to IDE Cable