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How to restore damaged system boot file.

When Windows system boot file is corrupted, the best thing to do is reinstalling the system.
This can be done either using original recovery CD, or using Windows setup disk.

To preserve your data you will need to chose partial recovery or upgrade setup.

Windows CDs has also a tool called Recovery Console that can be used to repair this kind of problems.

Here the procedure to fix the problem using Windows Recovery Console:

  • Insert Windows Setup CD, then start the computer.
  • When Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R.
  • When asked, chose the Windows installation you wish to repair (eg 1) , then press Enter.
  • When prompted, enter the administrator password .
  • When command prompt (DOS screen) starts, enter the following commands./ (if C: is not your Windows system drive, then change the drive letter)
    ATTRIB -H -R -S C:BOOT.INI
    DEL C:BOOT.INI
    BOOTCFG /REBUILD FIXBOOT
  • Remove the Windows CD from drive and restart computer.

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Error on startup: Windows could not start because the followiing file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. You can attempt to repair this file by starting windoes setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair. I have the Setup CD-ROM in the drive and select 'r' but it returns to the same error message.


Do not press r at the first startup screen, allow it to continue all the way through. When it gets to the point where its going to reinstall it should say searching for previous windows installations and ask you if you wish to repair it. Click yes and it will do just that

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acer 5000 will not start up properly


A Windows system file is corrupt.
The best thing to do is reinstalling the system.
This can be done either using original recovery CD, or using Windows setup disk.

To preserve your data you will need to chose partial recovery or upgrade setup.

Windows XP CDs has also a tool called Recovery Console that can be used to repair this kind of problem.

Here the procedure to fix the problem using Windows Recovery Console:
  • Insert Windows Setup CD, then start the computer.
  • When Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R.
  • When asked, chose the Windows installation you wish to repair (eg 1) , then press Enter.
  • When prompted, enter the administrator password .
  • When command prompt (DOS screen) starts, enter the following commands./ (if C: is not your Windows system drive, then change the drive letter)
    ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\BOOT.INI
    DEL C:\BOOT.INI
    BOOTCFG /REBUILD FIXBOOT
  • Remove the Windows CD from drive and restart computer.

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Error message when starting up: <Windowsroot>\system 32\hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file.


This issue happens if boot files are corrupted .. you need to have the Operating System Cd to resolve this problem . Considering you have windows xp you need to have the installation cd for windows xp .
you need to use bootcfg command to resolve the issue.

Go to bios and change the boot sequence to boot from the cd, if you are not able to boot from the cd. and then boot using windows xp cd .

Then push R to go to recovery console and use the below command

Boot to Recovery Console and rebuild the BOOT.INI file with the BOOTCFG /REBUILD
command.

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