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Dell Windows Media Center XP Will Not Boot c:/system32 corrupt...


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Hello there,

I did some extensive research about my recent OS booting Error:

WINDOWS COULD NOT START BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING FILE IS MISSING OR CORRUPT = windows\system32\config\system. You can solve this problem by trying to repair windows.


Solution: Insert Setup CD-ROM to repair the current problem. ---Do i have to boot to recovery console and make backup files of:
c:\windows\system32\config\system (to c:\windows\tmp\system.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\software (to c:\windows\tmp\software.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\sam (to c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\security (to c:\windows\tmp\security.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\default (to c:\windows\tmp\default.bak) ?

- it is mentioned in your sticky that the setup cd repair option will automatically do Just a repair and not delete any personal files. It Also mentions not to choose the "recovery console" option. I wanna be 100% sure. thanks.



Problem: I don't have the original CD's for my DELL MEDIA CENTER edition and i cannot find anyone who does.

Question: Does it matter if i use a regular WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION Setup cd-rom to repair this issue or will it further damage my PC??

Question #2: Is the registery key located on the original CD's you get when you make your purchase? Cause if so i do not have that either. I will need to use the keyfinder you have stickied right?


Help appreciated, Thanks :)

Edited by phisicx, 19 March 2009 - 06:20 PM.

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If you don't have Windows CD...
Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso
Download, and install free Imgburn: http://www.imgburn.c...hp?act=download
Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...let it finish loading.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Then, follow the steps from here: http://icrontic.com/...pair_windows_xp, starting below this picture on page 1:
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Will it be safe to use the windows cd for HOME edition for my Windows media center edition though? I have the home edition cd.

How much of a risk am i taking if i download and proceed with your advice? thanks :)
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If you don't have Windows CD...
Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
Download, and install free Imgburn: http://www.imgburn.c...hp?act=download
Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...let it finish loading.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Then, follow the steps from here: http://icrontic.com/...pair_windows_xp, starting below this picture on page 1:
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In Bold: Which WindowsXP version is that recovery console for? Does it even matter? let me know...thanks!

Edited by phisicx, 20 March 2009 - 04:13 PM.

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Will it be safe to use the windows cd for HOME edition for my Windows media center edition though?

No. It won't work.

Which WindowsXP version is that recovery console for?

It's universal.
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What exactly do I need the imgburn software for? Can I just burn it using the regular Windows CD burning wizard?
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No. You need a program, which is able to burn .iso file, and make the CD bootable.
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gotcha. Can i use a USB port and download the Imgbuner+recovery console and use that to boot my OS to repair instead of using a cd? cause my other pc cant read cd-roms, only DvD-roms and i dont have a blank dvd on me.

If i cant use the usb ill just go pick a Dvd-rom up but i wanted to know if i could just use a usb memory stick instead? thanks
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Negative.
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This message came up when it asked me to "press any key to boot from cd"

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

check viruses....remove newly installed hard drives....runchkdsk /f to check for hard drive corruption and then restart computer..

Tech info: ***Stop: 0x0000007B (oxF78EA3C, 0xC00000034, 0x00000000, ox00000000)


Any ideas?

Edited by phisicx, 20 March 2009 - 09:02 PM.

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Error 0x0000007B means INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
Possible cause:

cause my other pc cant read cd-roms

There is probably something wrong with the drive.
You may need to get new drive ($25-$30) in order to proceed.
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Ami burning the image iso to disc wrong? Or is it because i am using a blank DVD-rom and not Cd-Rom?

Help :)
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Error 0x0000007B means INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
Possible cause:

cause my other pc cant read cd-roms

There is probably something wrong with the drive.
You may need to get new drive ($25-$30) in order to proceed.



hmm alright ill go try a new drive see what happends ...30 bucks :/
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Keep us posted.
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im shopping around for a new drive, Do you recomend any in particular? I mean does it matter which drive i get for it to be compatible with my Os? I Have a Dell DImension e520 windows meda center edition XP. Im a real newbie on this subject lol thanks for the help :)

i was looking at this: http://accessories.u...t...&lid=627063

ALso do i need a new HARD drive as well? thanks

Edited by phisicx, 20 March 2009 - 11:54 PM.

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