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missing file: windows\system32\config\system


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Hi, I have a problem with my computer.. When I try to start it the message of missing file: windows\system32\config\system appears.. I´ve tried to fix it using the recovery CD but when I try to copy the file that's causing the problem (windows\system32\config\system) from the CD back into my computer it says it can't be found.. This is what I tried in the recovery console command prompt:

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

And this is where I get a message saying that the file can´t be found.. Any ideas of how to solve my problem?!

Thanx!
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Is this the way you are doing it

http://support.micro...kb/307545/en-us
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YEah, that's exactly the way that I'm doing it.. All the other files could be copied, but the one I'm having trouble with can't be found... which is the system one..
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Ok, that's the full article

http://support.micro...kb/307545/en-us
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That's the article I was working with.. The problem is that the file can't even be found.. from the second line.. right here

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak

that's when it says that the file doesn´t exist or can't be found.. and also when i try to copy it from the repair folder.. which is this line

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
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Will it let you in with this, the disadvantage is installing the updates

You can use these to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to boot the PC and keep tapping the delete key until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, type Y then press enter and as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

XP Repair Install

Or here if you are unable to run XP Repair Install

Alternative XP Repair Install Method

Use Windows Installation CD to repair the current installation, from the list, which uses a slightly different method

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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Worth a go

Start the System Restore tool at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a command prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:


%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

http://support.micro....com/kb/315222/


A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP
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