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\windows\system32\config\system error


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tcohn

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I'm getting the following error message when I boot my system:

On a XP machine the following error...

"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've tried running the repair through setup and it sends me to a dos-like prompt screen. Many MSDOS commands don't work however and I have not been able to figure out how to run a repair.

Has anyone heard of this problem before? I would appreciate any guidance before I give up and try a re-install.

Thank you, Tim.
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Ya, it sounds like the directions are wrong. When you get to that fist screen, don't press "R" just yet. Press <enter> to move onto the EULA screen and press F8 to agree. Next screen you can press "R" for repair. You will only lose your service packs and windows updates. That's it!

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I think I've got it all fixed now. I found a help file on suport.microsoft.com that did the trick for me.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

It boots up now. I wish I knew what caused the problem???

Thanks for your help!
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