Laptop won't start up in Windows due to a missing or corrupt file
My Toshiba M600 laptop running XP, has suddenly come out with the message (after entering my bios password) "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: backslashWINDOWSbackslashSYSTEM32backslashCONFIGbackslashSYSTEM
then underneath this message it says "You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair".
Do you think it is a corrupt XP Version? Shall i re-install XP? I prefer not to have to do this, as would lose files, they are not partitioned - silly me. Shall i enter safe mode? How do you do this again? I forgoten.
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Version of your OS with Service Pack version is important to know.
You have corrupted file or missing files
Cause could be due to user error; power; hard disk mal function; corruption; virus; or license.
Assuming you already tried pressing F8 on boot up and trying to get it into safe mode to run a disc check and that did not work?
This is a configuration file that can only be repaired by the use of OS installation CD, which if the laptop is booted with the disc in the drive and the bios is sett o boot from the DVD drive first, will give you the option to carry out a repair of the installation
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file."
"<Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt: Please re-install a copy of the above file."
"Cannot find \Windows\System32\hal.dll"
"Cannot find hal.dll"
The "missing or corrupt hal.dll" error displays shortly after the computer is first started. Windows XP has not yet fully loaded when this error message appears.
CauseCauses of the "missing or corrupt hal.dll" error include, naturally, a damaged hal.dll DLL file or a hal.dll file that has been deleted or moved from its intended location.Additional causes may include a damaged or missing boot.ini file or possibly a physically damaged hard drive.
Please let me know you have any further questions or concerns.
what a pity! if you Windows is really just had a corrupt system file that caused it, try boot with this CD to recover bad sectors: "HDD Regenerator 1.51". This is also available in Hiren's BootCD.
By the way, what Antivirus you are using on the laptop? The cause of this may due to a Virus wrote a startup system file entry into the registry but your Antivirus picked up the file and removed it however not the action. That's why a file is "missing" upon reboot.
What you can do lastly is to take the harddrive out, put it into a external harddrive case, backup all your data from another PC, and reinstall Windows on the laptop.
Go in the BIOS, in the boot sequence make your DVD player as the 1st number device to boot from, restart your machine and do follow the article (you should know the admin password to go into the system drive): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
Note: If you are too overwhelmed then your Product recovery DVD will give you your original OS and all settings back.
You MUST use the installation bootup disk to install windows it is the only way........... NOT THE RECOVERY DISK this is a MUST. Allow it to go through the motion of installing Windows until it cannot go any further. Then press the "R" key for the console. When in the DOS screen TYPE ... chkdsk /p Windows will repair itself and then you will recover all your data it should be back to normal.