xp home repair

  delantero 15:05 23 Jul 2008

friend has windows xp home laptop with the following error, "the following file is missing or corrupt : windows\system32\config\system." I have read that this can be repaired using the windows xp home disk which unfortunately he can't find. I have an XP Pro disk but having done a Google search it seems this cannot be used. I have an xp home disk but this particular version is Spanish. Can that be used to repair the missing or corrupt file?

  woodchip 15:39 23 Jul 2008

Have a look to see if he as a i386 folder in Windows Folder May be about 450mb in size or so. This will most likely have the file in a Cab folder you could then extract the file from that.

Or try typing in Run box,

SFC /SCANNOW note space before / this checks all windows files and restore corrupt and missing files

  delantero 16:31 23 Jul 2008

Thanks for the reply. His computer displays this message before windows loads so I can't access any files or use any programs.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:56 23 Jul 2008

Restore from recovery console

boot from the XP CD. Start Windows Setup and press R to access the recovery console. Select your Windows installation, then type the administrator password – press Enter if there isn't one.
Now enter the following commands:

CD C:\
CD "system volume information\_resto~1"

You'll see a list of restore point folders with names such as RP1, RP2 and so on. Pick the restore point you wish to use, using the folder date stamps to guide you. Enter the commands:

CD RPx (the restore point you chose)

This takes you into the folder containing the restore point snapshot files. Copy the Registry backups so that they overwrite the existing Registry files.

COPY _Registry_machine_system C:\Windows\System32\Config\System
COPY _Registry_machine_software C:\Windows\System32\Config\Software
COPY _Registry_machine_sam C:\Windows\System32\Config\Sam
COPY _Registry_machine_security C:\Windows\System32\Config\Security
COPY _Registry_user_.default C:\Windows\System32\Config\Default

Type the command exit to close the Recovery Console and restart the PC.

  delantero 19:49 23 Jul 2008

thanks fruitbat but my doubt is whether I can use an xp pro disk or my spanish version of xp home to do the repair as my friend cannot find his xp home disk.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:56 23 Jul 2008

All you need to do is get to recovery console
your not doing a standard repair using the files on the CD.

  delantero 12:16 24 Jul 2008

ok well the Spanish xp disk seems to have solved the problem though all I did as let it run in recovery mode for a while. Thanks for the help.

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