Windows XP won't load

  SimoneT 10:57 14 Jan 2008

Having a bit of a mare with computers, first the laptop (still not resolved) and now the desktop. Went to switch it on yesterday only to be told that it could not load windows due to a system file error (form memory I think it said Windows/32??) press r for repair. Not having any idea what to do so seeking help here again. My desktop is rather old, original OS being ME upgraded to XP Home with SP2. If anyone can tell me how to get it up and running I would be very grateful and you would safe my sanity (well a little anyway :).

Thanks as ever!

  VoG II 10:58 14 Jan 2008

A bit of a guess click here

  howard64 12:23 14 Jan 2008

a while back VoG™ published on here his version of a startup floppy. I made one but had no use for it and a couple of months back used it to start a friends pc that would not start. I will look for it for you.

  howard64 12:25 14 Jan 2008

sorry it woodchip not Vog - woodchip
Fri, 16/11/[email protected]:47

First format a Floppy disc in XP

Run type
Format A: /u

Then open Notepad and copy and Paste this

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, first partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, second partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, third partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, fourth partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, first partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, second partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, third partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, fourth partition" /sos
C:\="Previous Operating System on C:\"

Save as

in Notepad as BOOT.INI

Then in search find


Add these to the floppy disc

you can now try starting your computer with the floppy disc.

Then copy NTLDR back from floppy to the root of the drive.

Long Live the Floppy!

You can do the same on a CD make a bootable CD with NERO and burn the files to It.

  SimoneT 13:09 14 Jan 2008

Thanks guys, will give this a try once I have sorted the laptop out, so hopefully later this week. I will let you know how I got on.

  brundle 13:15 14 Jan 2008

The startup disk will help with a missing, not with registry problems (which is most likely when boot messages with Windows & 32 appear);
click here

  SimoneT 18:14 18 Jan 2008

Right, have re-started the computer with the XP CD Rom in the drive and nothing. How do I get it to come up with the recovery console as I don't seem to be getting any options. It just tries to boot up and the comes up with the same error message telling me that it cannot start windows as the \Windows\System32\Config\System file is missing or corrupted. Help, as I really need to get to the data on the hard drive. Thanks

  woodchip 18:29 18 Jan 2008

it should give the option to repair, by pressing r. if it does repair you will need to download all windows updates as it overwrites windows files

  SimoneT 18:32 18 Jan 2008

Thanks woodchip but all I get is "You 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." Now, the setup cd is in, but I don't get any welcome screen, and pressing 'r' during the normal load doesn't seem to be doing anything. I am probably having a blond moment here (no offence).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:47 18 Jan 2008

Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  SimoneT 18:59 18 Jan 2008

Have changed the boot order in bios, but still don't get the Welcome to Setup screen. Just the normal Windows XP screen. The harddrive seems to be doing something every so often. Should it take quite a while for this welcome screen to come up? Sorry to be such a pain, but never had this sort of problem before.

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