I'll keep this simple and straight to the point.
-I got a start up error:
Windows\System32\Config\System Corrupt or Missing
I then searched the internet I tried this solution:
Microsoft Help Article
This didn't hep. I got to the third and final copy commands but it failed, giving me errors of 'files missing'.
I inserted my 'Advent Recovery' disk and initiated a 'Non-destructive Recovery' which replaced all my system files without delete my data.
I then got the error:
NTLDR is compressed
I fixed this by going into the recovery console (via an XP disk) and typing:
cd \ attrib -c ntldr exit
I still got the '\system corrupt or missing' error on startup.
I then used 'option 3' from this website which I think basically loaded up settings from a previous restore point:
The text in red will be what you type and the black text will what the system outputs or what is put there by the system. READY, SET, GO.
After you enter the DIR command and hit enter you will get a list of folders like such rp1, rp2, rp3, rp4, etc. etc. The "rp" part of the folder name denoting it's a Restore Point
What you'll want to do is find the 2nd highest numbered folder in that list. So, for instance, if it listed rp1 thru rp24 you'll want the rp23 folder. I'll use rp23 for the rest of this little fix just to keep things simple but substitute rp23 for whatever folder is the 2nd highest in the list on your pc.
Now, we have more commands..
C:\system~1\_resto~1\rp23\snapshot>copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system (read below3)
Overwrite system [y,n]: y
1 file copied
C:\system~1\_resto~1\rp23\snapshot>exit (before typing exit, please remove your Windows XP CD from the CD Drive)
Computer loads but hangs on the windows XP boot screen.
And 'Restore to Last Known Working Config' doesn't work. It just hangs on the boot screen.
I could not access safe mode untill now. Regular Safe Mode hangs when installing 'components' - hangs when installing 'MP9'.
Safe Mode with commond script works.
I now have the problomatic harddrive set as slave on this comp which is also Windows XP Home. So I am awaiting any suggestions you have to fix this.
Also, this may help. Just before I shut the PC when it was last working. I ran TuneUp utilities, I think the specific task was Registry Cleanup or something with 'Registry' in it.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Edited by hydrolist, 07 July 2008 - 02:45 PM.