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when i turn my laptop on it goes to a black screen saying : "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \Windows\System32\Config\System, you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom. select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

i do not have the windows cd. is there anything i can do about this? any help would be great! thank you
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Not without a CD, no. How come you don't have a CD?
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becuz the laptop is years old and i lost it... im pretty sure there is a way u can still fix it.. i jus donit know how
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What is the make and model of your laptop?
Also click on "Everest Instructions" in my sig and follow the steps.

You can probably get the CD from your manufacturer or a friend. (As long as the CD is the same XP version (Home or Pro) and it has the same service pack that was installed when you bought your computer)
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the problem about doing the everest instructions is that i cant even go to the desktop on my laptop so i wont be able to run a report on it

and its an HP PAVILLION DV5000
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the problem about doing the everest instructions is that i cant even go to the desktop on my laptop so i wont be able to run a report on it


Oh yea, I never thought about that. Hp computers have a recovery partition that you can use to recover your PC.
http://h10025.www1.h...ocname=bph07145

Read that, and you should do a non-destructive recovery in order to keep all your data and programs. After the recovery, you should update AV software and install the latest XP hotfixes.

EDIT: First of all, how did this problem happen in the first place. We could then try to fix it without a recovery.

Edited by edge2022, 16 April 2009 - 04:37 PM.

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Also, if you do a recovery, the computer will revert to factory settings, and all the software you had may be lost, along with any other files from My Documents.

IF you want to know how to backup them, then read this: https://sites.google...without-windows
I didn't finish writing this tutorial, but you should be able to figure out things.
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my comp was just bein slow so i restarted it and then it did that. and i tried following those instructions but when i push F10 it doesnt show anything about system restore
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Unfortunately even if you had the CD, there is a good chance that you will not be able to recover from this error. The file in question (WINDOWS\System32\Config\System) is the location of the HKLM\SYSTEM branch of the windows registry. As Edge2022 said, you might be able to restore the file if you get a Windows Installation CD from a friend as long as it is the same type (XP Home or XP Pro). You also might be able to contact HP and see if they can send you a support disk. Also check to see if there is a recovery partition on your laptop. If there is, you might be able to restore the file from there.

Let us know if you need more help.
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i just found this post... do u think that it could help me?

http://www.geekstogo...pt-t234770.html
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http://h10025.www1.h...ocname=bph08097
This will tell you how to make your own recovery CDs from a command prompt.

http://h10025.www1.h...ocname=bph07143
This will tell you how to order a recovery CD from HP.
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Yes, I never thought about that tho.

1. If you have Windows CD, follow the steps from here: http://icrontic.com/...pair_windows_xp

2. 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:


You could also click "Recovery Console Instructions" in my sig to find out how to burn a recovery console boot disc.
The follow the steps from http://icrontic.com/...pair_windows_xp to solve your problem, hopefully.
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when i download the RC file and unzip it, it creates an I386 folder... do i use that folder to burn to the cd cuz i cant find the RC.iso file ...confused???
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You are not supposed to unzip the RC.iso file that you first downloaded. Check my sig for the detailed instructions.
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ok yeah i figured it out. im about to run the disc on my laptop now.. ill let u know what happens in a bit
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