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Missing/Corrupted Registry File


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banetistic

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I am getting the following error message when I try to boot my comp:

Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I've google'd and found this link to try and fix it:

http://support.micro...kb/307545/en-us

However, when I try to do the first step which was to type "md tmp" it gave me a "Access denied." Anyone know how to get it working?
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Do you have a valid XP cd?

If so, place it in your CD ROM drive and follow the instructions below

Start > Run > cmd then type

sfc /scannow (note the space)

let this run untill you get a message saying it is complete.

SFC - system file checker, retrieves the correct version of the file from %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache or the Windows installation source files, and then replaces the incorrect file.

If you want to see what was replaced, right click My Computer > manage, expand event viewer > system.
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Nope, don't have one. Only valid XP CDs work?

Even if I did, how would I do what you are saying if Windows doesn't even start?

Is there any other way to fix my problem?
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how are you doing step 1 without the cd? or are you using an xp boot disk?

can you start up in safe mode?

did you try leaving the admin password as blank?
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I have a CD.

I tried pressing F8 and starting in Safe Mode and Last Good Configuration. Didn't work.

It doesn't ask me for a password? When I press R in Windows Setup it takes me to the Recovery Console. I never got a prompt asking me to enter a password.
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you said you didn't have an xp cd
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Thought you were referring to valid CDs as ones you buy. I didn't buy it.
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is this the cd you used to install xp on the computer?
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Yes.
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Since you have admitted that you do not own the copy of windows you are using, we will be unable to assist you with your issue.

Thread Closed.

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