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Crashed computer. \WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM is corrupt or missing. We dont have the original setup cd-rom. All we have is a windows xp disk for a different computer. Is there anyway this can work?

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  • mnoel33 Sep 17, 2008

    I cant get past the original error screen. Ive put the windows disk in but cant get it to run. I cant get the recovery consol or anything else. We dont have the original windows disk for this computer. We are using one from a laptop. What should I do?

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After looking at all these posts , I can't for the life of me figure out why nobody is listening to this person when they say they DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL SETUP CDROM

Did anybody think to ask the person what Operating system was on the computer to begin with ?

If it was windows 98 , chances are XP is not going to do well on a system like that

if it's an XP machine , then I suggest NOT loading an XP disc that has already been ACTIVATED on another machine !

This person requires a RESTORE DISC from the company he got the computer from.

Or they have the option to buy an Operating System Disc appropreate to their computer.


Thank you


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Posted on Sep 18, 2008

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The real solution to this problem is to copy the contents of windows/repair to windows/repair/system32/config/system

you can do this with the xp setup cd, start up recovery console and copy the files. Or perform a repair installation from the xp cd.

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Hi You need to boot into Safe Mode F2 or F4 Then you need to see if this will allow you to go into the
windows desktop. Please understand this is not hard to do so ... this will get you started in the right direction OK/// Please let us know if you have the safe mode screen on and how far will this allow you to go>>>>>> please post

Posted on Sep 18, 2008

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    Jayson Brollini Sep 18, 2008

    The Cd can be booted as long as your BIOS is set for you too do this. that can be activated in the Install screen F2 so this is also a possibility but lets start off by having you insert that disc and see if it prompts you to the REPAIR Windows or does it not load at all? If it does not load then the BIOS may have the Boot/Load sequence not set for that DRIVE in may be on the HDD or the Floppy ..... OK but the Bios is very easy as long as you do not change any settings (But that too is easy to fix) Default Settings (RESET back To Default Settings etc.

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    Jayson Brollini Sep 18, 2008

    If you still are having problems Please just add a comment OK

    Thank You
    Jayson


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Try this while booting up the computer press F2 or F5 so you can ccess the boot menu and then press F8 so you can access the advance menu then after that select Boot from Last KNown Good Configuration and hopefully that will make everything working again...

Hope that helps............................

Posted on Sep 18, 2008

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    Mark Gil Sep 18, 2008

    If you cannot still boot and do a recovery using the CD for your laptop, that will be a problem and you may need to reload the operating system for that.....

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Make sure that the boot order is set for cd as the first device.  Load your Windows CD up.  Then the restore options will load up on the screen.

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    Tim Babcock Sep 18, 2008

    You set the boot order up by changing the BIOS settings by pressing the appropriate function key to get into the BIOS setup mode and look for the boot section.  Change the boot priority to CD first, Hard drive as second.  Save your setting and reboot.


    You will get a message to press any key to boot to cd.  Press any key and follow the instructions on the screen.



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Dear Sir/madam,

Yes absolutely. You can repair it this cd itself also. Click this link for more information....

http://www.help2go.com/Tutorials/Windows/C:%5Cwindows%5Csystem32%5Cconfig%5Csystem_missing_or_corrupt.html


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Yes go to control panel then go to system maintenance then use system restore to fix windows

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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  • chris07551 Sep 17, 2008

    that will take u back to the last time your computer was good wont loose any files ,fixes windows and cleans any corrupt files also download firefox internet that also cleans and protects

  • chris07551 Sep 17, 2008

    yes it will work also on your pc but you will need the access code at the end for set up

  • chris07551 Sep 17, 2008

    also if u use the cd you can take the option of repair dont do new installation it will wipe all your stuff

  • chris07551 Sep 17, 2008

    do what i have said and you will be fine.. thankyou see ya

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Yes it can work. Have you put the cd in? Can you boot the computer into safe mode?
Thanks,
Lee

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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    Lee A. Sep 17, 2008

    Please don't request more assistance/reject my help until I have gotten all the information necassary to assist you properly. You can boot into safe mode and use system restore to roll back. If that doesn't work we can go from there. If you have a moment and find this solution helpful you can accept and rate the solution accordingly as I strive to provide fast, accurate and economical solutions.
    Thanks,
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    Lee A. Sep 18, 2008

    You will need to hit f8 when the computer is booting up. What happens when you put the Windows XP disc in? Is this disc an official XP disc?(not a recovery disc). You may need to enter the bios and tell the bios to boot from CD drive first. This work is really the work for a professional. You can bring it into geek squad and have it repaired. If you have a moment to accept and rate my solution it would be appreciated as I strive to provide fast and accurate solutions.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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