bob dob 19:37 10 Jul 2011

Hello, Please may i ask for some help? My friend's dad has given me his xp desktop computer to try and fix/get going, when turned on this message appears: 'WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM' It then asks for the original set up cd rom and to press 'r'....

I have an XP OEM CD, is this reasonably straightforward please?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:57 10 Jul 2011

System File

Missing Or Corrupt Windows\System32\Conf\System File

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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

  bob dob 20:01 10 Jul 2011

Thank you, as ever, fb. Please may i irritate you by asking how to go to recovery console?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:13 10 Jul 2011
  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 R to go to recovery Console

4 If windows prompts for admin password just press enter

5 You should end up with a flashing cursor at C:\Windows _


cd system32\config

ren system system.old

ren system.alt systemalt.old copy

c:\windows\repair\system copy

c:\windows\repair\regback\system exit

press enter at the end of each line

  onthelimit1 20:33 10 Jul 2011

As an aside, what am I doing wrong - I click on FB's link, and it takes me to PCA Home Page?

  bob dob 20:38 10 Jul 2011

Oh asked me for the admin password...which my friend's dad doesn't have, i also inputted my guess incorrectly 3 times.....what on earth can i do please?

  bob dob 20:41 10 Jul 2011

STOP PRESS!! When it asked to be re-booted after my incorrect password (3 times), it restarted and now, weirdly, it has taken me to the system restore options??

  bob dob 20:57 10 Jul 2011

Also, when i go to Revo uninstaller, there is an incredible 106 programs there, surely this wont benefit the PC? Such ones as Drive manager, First step guide and Download manager etc etc

  bob dob 21:35 10 Jul 2011

So can anyone explain why this has suddenly 'righted' itself please? And can i do anything to stop it happening again?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:40 10 Jul 2011

I have a lot more than 106 programs on my XP machine but of course they all not all running at the same time.

Do a restore to before the problem started.

To stop recovery console from asking for password

Go into the control panels and open up the following:

Control Panels

Switch to Classic View (upper left hand corner)

Administrative Tools

Local Security Policy

Under Security Settings, click on:

Local Policies

User Rights Assignments

Security Options

Scroll down to "Recovery Console: Allow automatic administrator logon"

Change this to "enable"

Back out and restart and you should be able to boot up the recovery console without having to enter any passwords.

  bob dob 23:33 10 Jul 2011

Fruit Bat, you are quite simply brilliant!!!!

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