Hi, my gf's dad's computer has come up with the message 'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM' Fruit Bat's advice, in the past, was:
To fix the "windows\system32\config\system file is mising or corrupt" where Xp wont boot:
Go to Recovery Console and type:
cd system32\config ren system system.old ren system.alt systemalt.old copy c:\windows\repair\system copy c:\windows\repair\regback\system exit
This has worked in the past but this time, when i get to the Recovery Console, i get this: 1: C\WINDOWS Which Windows installation would you like to log onto (To cancel press enter)?
When i try to type next to the question mark, as per the advice, im only able to type one letter! Please can anyone offer any advice?
Hi Crossbow7, Thanks for your help!! Ok, to clear things up where i 'am'-
The pc was asking for a cd I loaded the xp cd, it automatically loaded, I got the recovery console I typed '1', pressed enter I typed cd system32\config and pressed enter I typed ren system system.old and pressed enter but got this message: 'The rename operation failed.'
Hi, before i refreshed this page and found your answer i had previously followed 'option 2' in the link you sent me but where 'chkdsk \p' wouldn't work for me, typing simply 'chkdsk' did and it completed a check disk and i restarted and i have now got to the home screen!!! PHEWWWW!!
Any advice now please? why would this have happened please?