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Window\System32\Msconfig\System Missing or Corrupted

Started my comp. as useal got an error message that read >>> window\system32\msconfig\system file is corrupted or missing and tells me to use the boot disc CD to repair , so when i do it goes to the repair console screen and gives me (3) options,>>>repair,install,exit. So i use the (r) to repair>> than gives me an option of the only windows i have on my comep. so i type (1) and than nothing i let my comp. set ad see if it runs on its own or show me more options or something eles.....(NOTHING) so i reboot and go to the same screen and choose the reinstall XP option goes through a couple load up screens and gets to the (Searching for previous versions of windows)....................(NOTHING).i cant repair /reinstall or nothing no matter if in safe mode or anyother mode for that fact.. i beleave my only recourse will be to buy a new harddrive but i woul lose all my files and such and i really dont want too .... so any help or other tricks or options would be really gratefull.

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  • Kevin Oberst Mar 17, 2007

    Hi all- Ok i tried slution#2 it's a no go... when is used it as a slave comp.would not start at all.i even tried dif.settings on the good HD,still no go.have tried running win.XP again thinking i might have missed something but still no go.... begaining to think that i will have to buy a new HD.. hate this cause im on avery limited budget and the comment by Cupowar very thoughtfull but no go... getting very frustrated here...:)p but keeping my head up..thanks for the salutions and comments keep'em comping something my work.

  • Kevin Oberst Mar 18, 2007

    Ok,this is what i did....insert disc(restart comp.(hit any key)boot from disc>goes through load up.get to blue screen(reads) enter=continue r=repair f3=quite (press R) goes to repair screen(reads) type EXIT to quite the repair and restart the comp. a little lower it reads 1:C\WINDOWS (than) Which Windows do you wish to log in to (to cancel,press ENTER)...i then type 1 (only option)after that ....from what i have read it says DO NOT HIT ENTER so i just leave it and see what happens (started at 11:10AM)

  • Kevin Oberst Mar 18, 2007

    Ok,back again,now 12:05 no change nothing has happened it give me no other options. so cant do the other fix's you have said to do... so it is the hard drive or am i doing somthing wrong ??

  • Kevin Oberst Mar 18, 2007

    Oh,btw i did try useing my HD to another as a slave to another good HD...and the comp. refused to start....
    so maybe i do have a bad HD? of course it is 6yrs old...hehe

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I assume you have tried Last Know Good if you are able to get into Windows Advvanced Statup Menu (it sometimes works, because this is simply a corrupt registry file)

Your registry is corrupt, you may simply need to replace the one hive (file).

If after pressing 1 and then ENTER you do not get the recovery console prompt (which appears to be the case) then you will at very least need to reinstall windows. Below is an alternate way of backing up your data from a non-bootable drive (note requires any Vista DVD)

If you can borrow a Vista CD it is easy to boot to that and use Notepad to copy any data you want to save to an external drive or thumbdrive (if you have no harddrive to slave) (Boot to Vista DVD, select Repair My Computer, Command Prompt, type Notepad.exe, File, Open) When you see the folders in the left hand side, you can rightclick and send to external drive or thumbdrive). Once everything is backed up, you can reinstall windows.

If you do get to a prompt, but CHKDSK does not fix it see this article for how to restore you registry to a previous version fromn the recovery console.

Good luck,

Posted on Feb 09, 2009


Ok,this to let others know where im getting mad at...all the help/fix articals and ppl's tell me to put XPdisc into machine restart and get to the repair console.. i do all/everything. Ok now when i get to the options that i have i type the only otion i have and that is #1 ok. i type that in and nothing... i get no other promts/optionsi even download alitte program suggested from MS to that is suppose to start running after i type in the #1 promt. so i beleave my HD has had it....last time im asking>>>>>>>>Anyone have any other tricks or salutions to try. befor i go out and buy a new one ??

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One thing...upon reading what you did regarding repair of system, i have noticed that you lack the right and final step to do... eventually, after typing the option (1)...the system would then give you the "c:\windows" prompt, or whatever prompt you will have...then after, you have to type in "chkdsk /f" then press enter, "f" stands for fix...or else if this doesnt solve the problem, then try "chkdsk /r" and wait for about 30 mins...meanwhile you should see the recovery processes going on...until it stop, it will then end up again with the "c:\" prompt...then type reboot.

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Hi - i'm not much of an expert, but if you do buy another hard drive, then you may be able to use this one as a back up and still have your files intact. If it is the boot section that is faulty, when it is installed as a slave then that section is not needed for booting, and your files should still be accessible. Good luck!

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  • Matt Warcup Mar 17, 2007

    Gah! Forgot as well:

    If you can borrow a hard drive then get into the repair bit of the windows xp setup - change the drive designation to your damaged drive (when it's set up as the slave) then type FIXBOOT and then FIXMBR. Also use CHKDSK from this DOS type prompt to see if there is any physical damage or not. Definitely done now - Good luck again :D


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Best trick would be to buy a new hard drive, because that does sound like it is the problem. try and get exactly the same one and rig the old one after you have the pc set up - usually you can get your files - you were just unlucky that the file where the hd is damaged was a windows start up file or it's address. It sounds like you know what you are doing though, so I recommend taking the whole machine apart and cleaning it, then when you put it back together plug a different power lead into your hdd from the power pack. sometimes the hd problem could be a power issue, or a bad connection somewhere - swap the ide or ata cable from your hd for a new one if you can, and try the hdd on another pc if you can, ideally as a second device so that you can see if you can access any files, but also as a startup drive. If you need any help with this, and if it doesn't solve your problem, please post again with the details of your motherboard and hdd, or the whole machine if it was an off-the-shelf one. There could be bios issues, or known hardware problems that we could then try and identify for you. also go on another machine to the windows troubleshooter website and see if they have anything that makes any sense (sometimes they do) Hope this helps :)

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    also if you have no luck, there are companies that specialise in recovery of data from damaged hdds, if you want more info, post again and i will hunt one down local to you hopefully



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