Windows cannot start due to missing or corrupt file.
Posted on 2009-05-07
I have a WIndows Media Center pc (sp3) and it totally locks up once it boots up at the desktop screen. It takes like 10 seconds and it is froze. I have stopped all startup programs and ran several virus, malware, and spyware programs. I wanted to use system restore in safe mode but it will not do anything. The user stated that they had seen problems the last 2 weeks. I noticed in system restore that IE 8 was installed on or near the beginning of the problems. Anyway I wanted to run system restore in safe mode with command prompt but when I chose that option I get this message. "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
C:\windows\system32\config\system. Then it says you need the original disks to repair or load the file. Any other options for this problem other then reloading the OS?