XP Not Booting

  Goolie 00:52 02 Feb 2005

I have a friends computer that refuses to boot into windows Xp, and gives the following message: 'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \Windows\Sytem32\Config\System'

On arrival I noticed the Hard Drive clicking and rattling, so I presumed a dead hdd.

I have now fitted a replacement hard drive, have tried a clean install of xp,and on first reboot I get the same message as before.

Have tried this several times, and get the same result.

The New Hdd is ok, as I have tested in another pc, installed the same copy of windows with no prob's.

Any Ideas? Could it be a Bios Problem?

  oldone 01:18 02 Feb 2005

This link may help.click here;en-us;307545

  oldone 01:20 02 Feb 2005

click here;en-us;307545

Sorry for prev.

  oldone 01:23 02 Feb 2005

The whole link won't go. If you enter q307545 into google you will get the link.
Sorry for the hassle.

  ACOLYTE 01:25 02 Feb 2005

I think this is what oldone1946 means click here

  oldone 01:44 02 Feb 2005

Sure was. Thanks.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 01:55 02 Feb 2005

On a side note...long URLs and especially Microsoft ones can be pasted into here click here which generates a handy sized, unique address. ;-)))


  GANDALF <|:-)> 01:57 02 Feb 2005
  Goolie 14:40 02 Feb 2005

Thanks for the links, looks like the disk controller, as the problem is occuring during clean install.

Is there anyway of testing this or is a new mainboard required?


  Goolie 23:44 17 Feb 2005

Sorted this by updating the Bios, cheers.

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