"Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000 Setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."
So, I've got my SP4 Slipstream disk (my original Win2k CD has disappeared into the ages).
I find this website for how to got through the repair process. I see steps 1 and 2 on my system, but the third step doesn't show up. It just goes straight into the hard drive space page, no EULA or anything, most importantly, no repair option. The worst part is that it shows no signs of recognizing that Win2k is even on the disk still.
My worst fear is that this is due to what is missing, namely, the SYSTEM folder according to the boot up. I have lost many of the program CDs installed on the system during a move to another state last year, and I really cannot afford to lose the current installs. What can I do to attempt a repair? Or, can this problem even be repaired? I have no clue what could have caused a loss of \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. Again, this appeared returning from a hibernation, not a reboot, and there is little to no chance of a virus eating it.
IBM's hardware tests in their custom BIOS reads all the hardware as OK, so HDD failure is unlikely as well, though I have had a few freezes coming out of hibernation before......
Edit: I've even tried repeatedly (and furiously) mashing 'r' throughout the Win2k setup to see if something is just rapid jumping into another page. No luck....
Edited by YamiYaiba, 02 June 2006 - 12:18 AM.