Cannot Start Windows XP Boot-up error

  livewire 13:17 22 Jun 2004

When I start my Windows XP machine I recive and error:
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

After searching the internet I found the following article
click here;en-us;307545

I was wondering if any one could clarify if this solution is 'safe' to do? Any Information on this technical document would be valued.

Thanks in advance

  Old Shep 13:37 22 Jun 2004

Your link says page not available. If you click here? it shows you an easy way to repair. Not sure about the hard way. Also have a feeling that if you put your xp disk in and reboot you can repair.

  Old Shep 13:39 22 Jun 2004

Sorry don't think the link works but this is what it say's
Originally Posted by Don
this problem occurs when you try to update drivers in the computer..sometimes windows XP cannot update the driver and that corrupts system.ini file as it has a lot of bad entries..Due to this you will get this error mesage..No its not due to virus.its due to an attempt to change system.ini file

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

That means the System Registry Hive has become corrupted.

There are two ways to get back up and running. The easy way which doesn't always work, and then there is the hard way.

Easy Way --- Note that this doesn't always work.
When you are booting your system, press the F8 key during the start of the bootup sequence, meaning after it does the Power On Self Test.

Once you press the F8 key, you will be taken to a Menu. Select "Boot Using Last Known Good Configuration".

It will now attempt to load Windows XP using a past set of configuration files.

If that doesn't work, there is the next step....the hard way.

Hard Way
Boot your system with the Windows XP Install CD, let the system boot into the Setup. Once in the Setup, choose to run the Recovery Console.

You will now be presented with a screen similar to good old DOS.

First, we will recover the System Hive.

Now, type in the following commands with pressing Enter after each line.

md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system

Be very careful when you are typing in these commands, one wrong move, and you have, broken Windows XP.

Also, change the C in the commands to whatever your Windows XP drive letter is.

Attempt to boot the system, if it doesn't boot, get back into the Recovery Console and do the following commands.

md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\software C:\windows\tmp\software.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\software
copy C:\windows\repair\software C:\windows\system32\config\software

it worked, it worked, it worked.
nice to finde help like this, I was ready formate and reinstall, with loast of a lot af files

  hugh-265156 13:44 22 Jun 2004

click here is your link above.

see click here and follow instructions here instead maybe.

ps. to get ms links to work properly on this site cut out 'default.aspx' 'scid=kb;en-us;' from the address and add 'kbid=' between the '?' and the number to make it look like:

'htt p: //' but without the spaces. or use tiny url to make the address shorter click here cut and paste the ms address into tinyurl and the paste the shorter link into the helproom.

  beeuuem 14:02 22 Jun 2004

From click here
System32 - Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

Suggestion: To fix the "windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt" where XP won't boot, go to recovery console and type:(Press Enter after each command)

cd system32\config

ren system system.old

ren system.alt systemalt.old

copy c:\windows\repair\system

copy c:\windows\repair\regback\system


0r look at click here

This worked for me when I had this problem

  livewire 22:31 22 Jun 2004

Thanks, I took the plunge and typed it the command prompts suggested- and it worked! I was getting worried about my system failing for good!

Thanks again, you've been a great help!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:57 22 Jun 2004

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