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Computer saying could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt the file missing is windows system config system do you no what that means

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Yes, it means its probablky a Dell :) ha ha. No just kidding, But Dells do this alot.

Try this.

1. Boot from a winxp CD ( provided its winXP you have as an OS )

2. After it loads the blue screen and asks you to select an option, Hit the "R" key.

3. Wait

4. It should go to a command prompt. It may ask for admin password first, do so and hit enter. once at command prompt, type is: chkdsk C: /p and hit enter.

It should do a check disk and when its done, type EXIT and press enter.

5. Remove CD from drive after it reboots so it doesnt boot from CD again.

It should boot normaly, or it may have an option screen to boot from safe mode, just hit enter for START WINDOWS NORMALY.

6. Copy these instruction down in case it happens again.



If this fixed your problem then that because some how some of your windows system files got corrupt or deleted and Check disk will fix it. This can be caused by a virus, some one messing around in the system files when they shouldnt be, some installed program cleared the boot files, or just bad luck.

This is most common with Dell Desktop computers. usually it happens when certain software is instralled and it corupts a system file. After the repair, you should be fine.

If this didnt work, try doing CHKDSK C: /R instead of the other one, it takes alot longer but may work if the former didnt.

Call back if you are still stuck

good luck.

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Hello,

Some how the OS has had a system file needed to boot deleted. You are going to have to use the windows CD to repair the OS install or reinstall windows. Unless you know what file is missing and you know the EXACT location of where the file is and know MSDOS commands you will have to reinstall the OS.

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Yes the windows require a file to start that file is either corrupted or got deleted by mistake.so its not getting started .u just try to remove all the wires connected on the motherboard of your cpu and then reinsert it properly.also remove all the cards connected on the mother board and refit it properly.check out if the board it dirty clean it with dry cloth.
or the last option
reinstall the software of which operating system u r using.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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Windows\systems32\config\system file is missing or corrupt


You can order a new set of disks from the manufacturer or pull out the had drive and plug it into another PC or buy an external hard drive dock . Newegg has them for around $20

Mar 09, 2014 | Insignia PC Desktops

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Boot problems and their possible causes & resolutions


Symptoms:
Black screen
"Invalid Partition Table"
"Error loading operating system"
"Missing operating system"


Cause:
Corrupt Master Boot Record (MBR)

Resolution:
Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixmbr" to repair the MBR

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Symptoms:
"A disk read error occurred"
"NTLDR is missing"
"NTLDR is compressed"


Cause:
Corrupt boot sector

Resolution:
Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixboot" to repair the boot sector

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Symptoms:
"BOOT.INI is missing or corrupt"
"Boot device inaccessible"
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll"


Cause:
BOOT.INI missing, corrupt or out of date as a partition has been inserted

Resolution:
Boot into Recovery Console and run "bootcfg /rebuild" to repair the BOOT.INI

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


Cause:
Corrupt/missing system hive

Resolution:
1. Boot into Recovery Console and run "chkdsk C: /f" to check the system disk for errors and fix them, then reboot.
2. If the error continues and System Restore is enabled, copy the system hive from the last restore point into \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG
3. If the error continues, copy the system hive from \WINDOWS\REPAIR into \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG
4. If the error continues, perform a repair installation by booting from the Windows installation media


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Symptoms:
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk, Check boot path and disk hardware."


Cause:
Boot volume (with Windows folder) is not accessible as defined in BOOT.INI

Resolution:
Check the boot volume is accessible

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Symptoms:
Dual-boot 32-bit Windows and 64-bit Windows system reports "NTOSKRNL.EXE is corrupt" trying to boot into 64-bit Windows

Cause:
System volume contains an older boot loader than the boot volume requires - e.g. XP SP2 installed after XP x64

Resolution:
Copy NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR from XP x64 installation media to the root of the system volume

on May 03, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I can use my Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop says that windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system


You'll need a operating system disk or repair disk to run the check disk utility.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

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Following files missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system


Well this means one of important files needed to start Windows is corrupted (it's a registry file).
I'd recommend repairing Windows installation. If you have Windows XP and also the Original Windows CD follow: this guide.

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Computer won't turn on it say's \WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM---Windows could not start because the following is missing or corrupt: You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using...


Borrow that CD-ROM from any friend who does have one -- you don't need to have your "original" disk.

Or, telephone eMachines, and order a replacement set of "System Restore" disks.
Probably $20, plus $20 for overnight-courier shipping.

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Not abe to boot up


YOUR WINDOWS FILE IS CORRUPT AND YOUR RECOVERY CD AND BACKUP WHICH IN HIDDEN IN THE SYSTEM IS ALSO CORRUPT . YOU HAVE TO INSTALL WINDOWS AGAIN IF YOU KNOW OTHER WISE CONTACT SERVICE CENTER FOR YOU PC.

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WONT START - SAYS WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM


Hi,
See if you can borrow an installation cd from a friend. DO NOT use an OEM disc or one supplied by dell...compaq etc because they use different passwords and stuff.

Then go into system repair console. Check on google to go from there.

Hank

Aug 06, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Computer crashed?


Ouch, sorry to hear that, your os is corrupt, could be one of many reasons including a virus, or just a corrupt HD. Get the OS disk that came with your computer and reboot, make sure to boot the DVD/CD not the HD, start the install process, you will eventually get to point where you can select to do a repair, choose that and see if it will recover, if it does you shouldnt lose anythig, but you will need to reload some drivers and an update.


Also read through the info in this link.

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Our Imedia 1502 when started displayed the following message: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system You can attempt to repair thisfile by...


your computer is missing some perticular files so the best way to reinstall OS. u can get OS disc from a person who has same model of desktop. but i am in confusion that this disk works on your desktop because they give some perticular key for every computer.

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Problem with pc


Here is the solution right from Microsoft.

 

SYMPTOMS
When you try to start or restart your Windows XP-based computer, you may receive one of the following error messages:

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

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

Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate

CAUSE
This issue can occur if the System or Software hive for the Windows XP installation is missing or damaged.

RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods.

Use the Recovery Console Tool
To restore a damaged registry hive, use the Recovery Console to restore the backup copy of the hive from the Repair folder. The Repair folder contains a copy of the system's registry hives that were created after the first successful startup of Windows XP.

WARNING : Although data should not be affected by the following procedure, you may need to restore changes you previously made to programs or system settings since the first time you successfully started Windows XP.

To replace the damaged registry hive and restore the backup copy of the hive from the Repair folder: Start your computer to the Recovery Console.

Determine if the file that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section of this article is present, and if it is, rename it:

In Recovery Console, change to the c:\Windows folder.

Type cd sytem32\config , and then press ENTER.

Type dir system , and then press ENTER.

If you cannot run the preceding command successfully (because the file is missing), skip to step 3. If you can run the preceding command successfully, type ren system system.bak , and then press ENTER.

NOTE : If the message that you received referred to the software file, replace "system" with "software" in the preceding command. For example, you would type ren software software.bak (instead of ren system system.bak ), and then press ENTER.

Type copy c:\windows\repair\system , and then press ENTER.

NOTE : If the message that you received referred to the software file, replace "system" with "software" in the preceding command. For example, you would type copy c:\windows\repair\software (instead of copy c:\windows\repair\system ), and then press ENTER.

You should receive a "One file copied" informational message. For additional information about how to use Recovery Console during startup, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q307654 HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console for Windows XP


IMPORTANT : If you encounter problems when you run the preceding commands, you may need to use the Change Directory command ( cd ) one folder at a time before you run the preceding commands. For example, type cd system32 , press ENTER, type cd config , and then press ENTER.

Type exit , and then press ENTER to quit Recovery Console and restart the computer.

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