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spencermed

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So, originally I had this problem:

windows/system32/config/system file is missing or corrupt. You can attempt to repair this file be starting windows setup using origional setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

But, I didn't have the recovery disc. Well I took out my hdd and copied all my files onto another computer as per another post taught me, now I found the recovery disc and followed the directions to repair or restore my computer and then a blue screen comes up that says:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive(file):
\systemroot\system32\config\DEFAULT
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

So my question is, how can I fix this and start my computer? Like I said I copied all my files to another computer so I don't care if I lose my files, but how do I fix it?

Do I need a new hdd? If I get a new hdd and I put the restore disk in would the same thing just happen again?

For reference the broken comp is a Gateway Laptop MX6912 running on WinXP its hdd is a Fujitsu Model MHV2100BH

Other comps in the home are a Gateway Desktop running WinXP and another Gateway Laptop running Win7

P.S. I am not tech savvy so please keep that in mind for your explanation.
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Fix "c:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt"





Overview

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to repair "c:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt" by using the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows.

Tools Needed

  • Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows
  • Your Windows XP CD

Precautions
You will be building the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows which at first glance may seem like a very daunting task. At first glance, the instructions provided on the UBCD4Win.com site may seem very complicated and you may want to give up but if you go through the steps and follow them from top to bottom you will have a very good tool to keep at your side.

Instructions

  • Step1
  • You will first go to UBCD4WIN. Click on the "CNET Download.com" link and click on "Download Now". You will want to temporarily disable your antivirus program during the download. For an explanation why please click here. Once this file is downloaded to your computer, please go here for the instructions on building the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows.


    Step 2
  • Now that you have the file downloaded and you have read through the instructions and built your Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, you are ready to fix your registry problems. Insert your newly created Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows into your cd/dvd drive and set your computer to boot from the cd/dvd drive. Upon booting from the Ultimate Boot CD you will be presented with a menu and the option "Launch the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows" will be highlighted.


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  • You can press enter to start the boot process or wait 30 seconds and the cd will automatically launch. Startup looks very similar to installing Windows XP.


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  • Don't panic, you will soon be presented with a normal Windows XP boot screen.


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  • After a short time, you will see this screen.


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  • You do not have to pick anything here. Just wait and you will be asked if you want to enable networking.


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  • Click no and you will now see this screen.


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    Step 3
  • Now click on Start, Programs, Registry Tools, then Registry Restore Wizard.


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  • The Registry Restore Wizard will start.


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  • Click on next and you should now see "Specify your Windows".


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  • Click next and you will be presented with multiple restore points. Select the next to the last restore point and click next.


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  • The Registry Restore Wizard will ask you "are you sure you want to restore the current registry with the Restore Point". Click Next. The wizard will restore all portions of your registry and also make a backup of your existing registry as you can see here.


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  • Click Finish. You will now be back to the original desktop.


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  • Click on Start then Turn Off Computer. You will now be asked if you want to shutdown, restart, shutdown/eject, restart/eject or shutdown/eject all. Select Restart/Eject. This will restart your computer and eject the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows from your cd/dvd drive. Remove the disk and allow your computer to reboot.


    Step 4
  • If everything went properly using the Registry Restore Wizard and the restore point was not corrupted, your computer will boot up normally and you should now be able to use your computer normally once again. If for some reason you once again receive the error message "c:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt" go back to step 3 and pick another restore point one step earlier than you originally picked.

Edited by Techextreme, 11 January 2010 - 08:06 AM.

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spencermed

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Fix "c:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt"





Overview

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to repair "c:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt" by using the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows.

Tools Needed

  • Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows
  • Your Windows XP CD

Precautions
You will be building the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows which at first glance may seem like a very daunting task. At first glance, the instructions provided on the UBCD4Win.com site may seem very complicated and you may want to give up but if you go through the steps and follow them from top to bottom you will have a very good tool to keep at your side.

Instructions

  • Step1
  • You will first go to UBCD4WIN. Click on the "CNET Download.com" link and click on "Download Now". You will want to temporarily disable your antivirus program during the download. For an explanation why please click here. Once this file is downloaded to your computer, please go here for the instructions on building the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows.


    Step 2
  • Now that you have the file downloaded and you have read through the instructions and built your Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, you are ready to fix your registry problems. Insert your newly created Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows into your cd/dvd drive and set your computer to boot from the cd/dvd drive. Upon booting from the Ultimate Boot CD you will be presented with a menu and the option "Launch the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows" will be highlighted.


    Posted Image


  • You can press enter to start the boot process or wait 30 seconds and the cd will automatically launch. Startup looks very similar to installing Windows XP.


    Posted Image


  • Don't panic, you will soon be presented with a normal Windows XP boot screen.


    Posted Image


  • After a short time, you will see this screen.


    Posted Image


  • You do not have to pick anything here. Just wait and you will be asked if you want to enable networking.


    Posted Image


  • Click no and you will now see this screen.


    Posted Image





    Step 3
  • Now click on Start, Programs, Registry Tools, then Registry Restore Wizard.


    Posted Image


  • The Registry Restore Wizard will start.


    Posted Image


  • Click on next and you should now see "Specify your Windows".


    Posted Image


  • Click next and you will be presented with multiple restore points. Select the next to the last restore point and click next.


    Posted Image


  • The Registry Restore Wizard will ask you "are you sure you want to restore the current registry with the Restore Point". Click Next. The wizard will restore all portions of your registry and also make a backup of your existing registry as you can see here.


    Posted Image


  • Click Finish. You will now be back to the original desktop.


    Posted Image


  • Click on Start then Turn Off Computer. You will now be asked if you want to shutdown, restart, shutdown/eject, restart/eject or shutdown/eject all. Select Restart/Eject. This will restart your computer and eject the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows from your cd/dvd drive. Remove the disk and allow your computer to reboot.


    Step 4
  • If everything went properly using the Registry Restore Wizard and the restore point was not corrupted, your computer will boot up normally and you should now be able to use your computer normally once again. If for some reason you once again receive the error message "c:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt" go back to step 3 and pick another restore point one step earlier than you originally picked.


Ok, I did all this and it appeared to give in, but then it still comes up with other errors and like siside.sys could not be found or other similar things like that.

If I buy a new hdd and use my restore disk on that, would that just fix everything, and I can get more memory, or would i have to change the cpu, motherboard, ram too? I don't know how deep this error goes, if it's just on the hdd I should just be able to replace that and it'll work right?
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Yes, you should be able to purchase a replacement hard drive and use the restore disk to bring your computer back up to operable.

You could also use the restore disks to restore on the disk you have if it has no surface defects ( meaning the drive is still in good condition internally ).
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