Repairing XP Regeistry

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I got " Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMYou can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair" error.

I used microsoft recommanded steps from this article
When I reached the step "copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system window can not find system folder under the repair folder! I checked another pc which is exactly os and found out there is just  no system folder under the reair folder ! What shall I do? I am stuck now. By the way the pc is running windows xp professional sp3 os.

Help please! Thank you!!
Question by:lgallion
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    Accepted Solution

    system would be a file, not a folder.

    Author Comment

    when I type c:\windows\repair\syystem c:\wubdiws\system32\config\system it says file not found invalid path and won't let me go on.
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    Are these OEM machines?  You shouldn't use the process you linked to if they are, this could make the situation worse.

    Author Comment

    no. but I cloned this pc from hard drive image using Aronis software.
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    Here is the easiest way to fix that. Create a USBC4Win disk. If you do that, you just boot from it and run a built in utility to fix the problem automatically.

    Then boot the UBCD4Win disk then click Start>Programs>Registery Tools>Restore to start the utility.

    You can get what you need to make a UBCD4Win disk here.

    Author Comment

    I will give it a try and let you know. Thanks a lot!
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    Assisted Solution

    On most systems, the system hive in the repair folder actually has a .bak extension on it. If you find it and copy it, make sure you remove the extension when copied to the config folder. And yes... it is a file, not a folder as stated above.

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