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

Replaced system files with previous versions in snapshot folder.......

  • Please log in to reply



    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
Can anybody help with this??

My brther uninstalled FREAR, and didn't mean too (retarted, I know). So, he used system restore.

Then windows wouldn't load, because the system file was missing or corrupt. (c:\windows\system32\config\system)

So, I did a little research.

I went on a diff computer (the one i'm on), hooked up the screwed up os's hard drive as a slave onto it, and then went into the system files and replaced SYSTEM, SAM, SOFTWARE, and SECURITY with previous versions from the snapshot folder.

Now, there's no system corruption error at startup, but once i get past the windows loading splash screen.:

-explorer doesn't load up. (i disabled the login screen so it usually just goes straight to my desktop). it's only the theme background. task manager won't load, rartely i can get alt tab to show up, and sticky keys turns on if i hit shift a few times.

So, does anyone know why Windows stops loading right there??

or an easy fix besides reformmating (deer i could reformat but WHY if i can fix it, too many games on there to go through the trouble again)
  • 0


Retired Tech

Retired Tech

    Retired Staff

  • Retired Staff
  • 20,563 posts
Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show an on screen blue progress bar which will simply disappear when the scan is complete, reboot when it does

Occasionally the system file check does not start using run, so you can also right click the taskbar, click task manager, click file, new task, type sfc /scannow then click OK

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD


You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the power button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM

If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

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

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive

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

Microsoft Update
  • 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