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myys

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First I must inform all, I'm a novice. As I attempted to restart my computer (Dell desktop windows XP home), after downloading adobe reader; my computer would not boot to windows.

The screen has the following: Corrupt \windows\system32\config\system
& it states to hit r to repair but it's not repairing just revolving back to the same message.

I do have the cd-installation window XP disk.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated,
Thanking you in advance for your time,

myys

PS: I've read the article about XP repairing itself. I'm a novice
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Perhaps you should try the "Last Known Good Configuration" option while booting up windows. Basically you need to push the "F8" key while the computer is booting - this should bring up a screen giving you several different boot options. Select "Last Known Good Configuration." This will boot windows with the settings of when you last logged into windows.

For more information and better directions check here.
Click on "Last Known Good Configuration" in the menu on the left side of the screen.

Edited by astrophysicist, 15 June 2005 - 07:57 AM.

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Thank you for your assistance. I was looking at the site you recommended Microsoft for Windows XP but it states XP Professional & I
have XP home. Will those resolutions work with XP home?

I would just try but I don't want to make the situation worse.


Thank you for your time,

Myys

Edited by myys, 15 June 2005 - 09:21 AM.

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It should still be an option for XP Home Edition. Worst case scenario, you press "F8" while booting and you aren't given the Last Good Config. option and you can attempt to start windows normally.
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Last known works on all XP and 2000,

If that does not work there is a far more elaborate process that may work, or may not....this is a very critical error that is difficult to recover from, I am afraid
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I appreciate the advice & will try all of the suggestion & post my results.
When you say this is a very critical problem, I'm seeing Dollars signs all
around........Pleast say it isn't so.

Thank you for your time,

Myys
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not dollar signs--aspirin

major headache...very difficult to getin windows working again....ultimately, this is one where it is just easier to try the above, if that fails, you try this:

http://support.micro...om/?kbid=307545

Because your problem is fairly specific, you can focus on only the SYSTEM hive

(you can skip these:
c:\windows\system32\config\software
c:\windows\system32\config\sam
c:\windows\system32\config\security
c:\windows\system32\config\default )

I find this works about half the time--the other half, you end up reinstalling windows.
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Thank you.....Thank you......Thank you!!!! Asprins will be no problem, I have more time than money!!!

So other than detaining the Grands from using the computer, I can deal with all the rest. As I stated before I will post my results, right now I'm at work. Yes, shame on me.


Thank you again,

Myys
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if that does not work, and you have a windows xp cd and a cd burner, you can at least retrieve your data.
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This is a rough outline of what we are going to do--read it all very carefully and ask questions before you begin.

a. build a bart's pe
b. use it to rename some critical directories
c. reinstall windows on the existing drive without format to retain data
d. reinstall programs
e. updates
f. restore data as relevent

The laptop makes this slighly trickier, but thanks to Bart's PE, it is still very doable

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/#download
I won't repeat the Bart Pe instructions here, but ask if you have questions

After creating the bart pe, set your laptop to boot from cd, and boot with it.

You will get a windows xp install from cd, that will enable us to do what we need.

After boot, choose GO > PROGRAMS > A43 FILE MANAGEMENT UTILITY

This will bringup an explorer like utility.

Rename the folowing
c:\Documents and Settings to c:\oldDS
c:\Program Files to c:\oldPF
c:\Windows to c:\oldWin

Then, Go > EXIT

Remove the BartPE, insert the WindowsXP cd

Windows Setup will begin.

When asked to install windows or run a repair, choose install new installation

You will be asked to select a partition, choose the existing one,

You will be asked to format or leave as it--leave as is.

Windows setup will being.

Allow it to finish as normal.

About an hour later, you will have a Windows XP install.

Don't activate yet. You will eventually, but for now let's leave it as is.

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If your computer is Windows XP Home follow these instructions (pro directions below)
Windows XP Home has file and folder security, but it is hidden from view normally. To get at what you need, you must access the access control list--the easiest way to do this is to reboot Windows XP Home in safe mode.

If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.

Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of --in this case, c:\oldDS -- and then click Properties.

Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message if one appears.

Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

Click OK.

Windows will pop up a message box, reading: "You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?" All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.

Click YES

Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

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On Windows XP Pro
If you are using Windows XP Pro, you must disable Simple File Sharing, which is the default when it is not joined to a domain. To disable simple file sharing,

Double click MY COMPUTER, choose TOLLS > FOLDER OPTIONS > VIEW. Scroll down and UNCHECK USE SIMPLE FILE SHARING.

Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of --in this case, c:\oldDS -- and then click Properties.

Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message if one appears.

Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.

In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

Click OK.

Windows will pop up a message box, reading: "You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?" All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.

Click YES

Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.

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You will now be able to access all of your data

Before moving forward

REINSTALL ALL UPDATES and PROGRAMS


Now, it's time to start restoring it to its proper locations.

Start with the easy stuff:

Double click MY COMPUTER (don't maximize as you will be doing a lot of dragging and dropping) and navigate to


C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\


copy the contents of C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\DESKTOP to your current DESKTOP
copy the contents of C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\MY DOCUMENTS to your current MY DOCUMENTS (this will include MY PICTURES AND other MY..folders)
copy the contents of C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\MY DOCUMENTS to your current MY DOCUMENTS
copy the contents of C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\FAVORITES to your current FAVORITES

EMAIL is trickier
For outlook
copy the contents of C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook to C:\Documents and Settings\{NEW profile name}\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

For outlook express
C:\oldDS\{old profile name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{long alphanumeric string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

C:\Documents and Settings\{NEW profile name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{long alphanumeric string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

NOTE: THE {long alphanumeric string} WILL NOT BE THE SAME--IT IS RANDOMLY CREATED.


Other things to be wary of....

[old drive]:\oldPF\???-- you cannot simply drag programs from one computer to another because Windows installs files in multiple locations. Some programs, however, do save data in their directories. Games will save SAVE GAME data here, and you can often recover it simply by moving the game save folder to the machine when Windows and the program re-installed on the other machine

[old drive]:\random folders -- a few programs store their data in standalone folders in the C:\drive, though this is becoming less common. If you have an older program that has been updated several times, take a look through the root directory. A few that come readily to mind are Quicken and Peachtree. There may be others. There may also be a MY DOCUMENTS folder hanging around.

DO NOT DELETE ANY THING in c:\OLD?? for a couple of weeks. After about a month, feel free to do so, but there may be things you are not thinking of.
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Greetings:

In my haste to get my system operating, I became enraged. Hitting many function keys..THEN...the installation disk started loading. It continued until it reach a question which asked about the windows program being loaded. At this time I attempted to type in xp but only one space was available. When I pressed enter it cancelled the installation.

My frustration is getting the best of me & it is destroying the computer. My plan is to rest & take many deep breaths. I'll take the whole day Friday to comprehend what I'm reading & apply it.

This is just to let you know I appreciate your advice & will keep this forum informed. I know, I will get this system back online.........or I'll destroy it!!!
Just kidding.

Again Thank you,

Myys
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I've tried to no avail to get my computer to boot/repair anything. The cd-rom was put in & started reinstallation of the windows XP but then it ask which windows?? There is only one space so I can't put in XP.

I have no clue what to put in when it prompts for a windows option. It won't stop at the recovery section long enough for me to hit the r it continues to the r.

Have I any other options??

Thank you for any assistance you may be able to give.
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THANX TO ALL........................

I had a rough time trying to repair the problem. I tried reinstalling XP until I was completely frustrated and then as I just started hitting keys windows reinstalled so far so good!!!!

Now I must load the other disk. I do believe I've gotten it under control.


Again Thanx to all,

Myys
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