Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\


  • Please log in to reply

#1
ashleyrm

ashleyrm

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
Windows XP Professional
Computer crashed and have not been able to boot in regular or any safe mode. Receive above error and prompted to start up from cd.
Start from cd; and went to setup, but was not given option to repair, just a list of partitions
Tried using "r" prompt, but didn't know what to do.

Thanks
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Neil Jones

Neil Jones

    Member 5k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,476 posts
Boot off the CD.
Press R on the first screen.
Type "chkdsk /p /r" and press Enter.
When finished, take CD out and press the reset button.
  • 0

#3
Fenor

Fenor

    Trusted Tech

  • Retired Staff
  • 5,236 posts
To elaborate, pressing 'R' at the first screen will make you enter the RECOVERY CONSOLE.

Also, you don't have to hit the reset button to reboot the computer. When the chkdsk is complete (which will take awhile since it does an intensive scan of your hard drive so be patient...) type EXIT and your computer will reboot itself.

Fenor

Edited by Fenor, 29 September 2006 - 03:57 AM.

  • 0

#4
ashleyrm

ashleyrm

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
Am at work away from home computer right now. Will try that when I get home around 12:00 p.m. (est) today. Thank you for your help
  • 0

#5
ashleyrm

ashleyrm

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
chkdsk /p /r has been running for over two hours and is only 4% completed. Is this normal?
  • 0

#6
Fenor

Fenor

    Trusted Tech

  • Retired Staff
  • 5,236 posts
It can take a long time depending on the size of the hard drive, how much of the hard drive space is being used and how fragmented the hard drive is. Let it keep going, it will eventually finish.

Fenor
  • 0

#7
winabi

winabi

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 40 posts
I've been plagued with this same error time and time again... even after reformatting.

I'll get the missing/corrupt error message with_
c:\windows\system32\config\system

I've found that it's a system hive error or something like that and have fixed it by replacing the system file with the one from the repair directory, then restoring to an earlier time using system restore.


My question is this: What causes this error and how can it be prevented?








Another question I have is in my research online about fixing this problem I've come across people who've said that using ChkDsk can cause further damage b/c it takes the bad files, renames them and places them in a folder on the boot drive which some how makes the computer unable to boot.

Is there a program out there better than Windows' ChkDsk? Also, what about a BART CD?


I've considered buying a new hard drive but have seen people do that before without it fixing the problem. Am I right to assume that there isn't one specific thing that causes this unfortunate error?

Edited by winabi, 03 October 2006 - 12:43 PM.

  • 0

#8
Fenor

Fenor

    Trusted Tech

  • Retired Staff
  • 5,236 posts
Please start a new topic winabi.

Thanks,

Fenor
  • 0

#9
winabi

winabi

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 40 posts
http://www.geekstogo...howtopic=132910

Topic started. Sorry about that Fenor.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP