Got a really weird one:
New PC running XP SP3 a few weeks just fine. Updated \ AVG \ Malwarebytes...etc.
Boots up one day with the missing or corrupt config\system message....no biggie right?
Recovery console dumps to a C:\ (not C:\Windows) and gives me ACCESS DENIED no matter what I try.
I put the sick drive into a Win2K box as a slave and open up the Windows dir......COMPLETELY EMPTY except for all of the service pack uninstall (hidden) folders.......EVERYTHING else is gone. The rest of the drive is intact....all data there.....just an empty Windows dir.
Looking like I will need to re-install which sucks but was wondering if anyone had seen this before.......it is a new one to me.
You may have already done this but did you check the disk for errors, it may be a problem with a bad sector on the disk perhaps Chkdsk.exe or more detailed from Microsoft at
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