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Hello all,

I have corrupted my windows 2000 pro installation. I get this message on startup
windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\winnt\system32\config\SYSTEM

you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original ....... etc


I have tried to repair but at restart I got the same error - any clues how to repair my windows, keeping in mind that I need all the files on my c drive, all favorites, programs ....etc

Thanks


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You have two options - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=56d3c201-2c68-4de8-9229-ca494362419c&displaylang=en ("Windows 2000 Registry Repair Utility") or a 'repair install' aka 'in-place upgrade': http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;292175& ("How to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 2000").

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If you do a new install to either another disk (if you have one) or a new directory. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T FORMAT !!!
When you are prompted for the install directory, (default is WINDOWS or WINNT) call it NEWWIN or something obvious.#

This will create a new registry and hopefully you can restore you one from tape last night !!!!

Anyway, this will get you back in and you can then amend the boot.ini to point back to your original installation. Copy over all the files from NEWWIN\SYSTEM32 back into your WINDOWS.

I would then re-install SP4 and the post hotfixes just to make sure.

Alternatively, rebuild and restore from last nights full backup tape ;-)

Hoep this helps
Barny
IPKON Networks Ltd
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