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insert original win installation cd and reboot... when in boot mode make sure you are booting from CD, not from disk, when message asking that you "boot up from cd " appears, just press any key, and folow procedure, but do not install a new copy of windows ! There must be "repair your computer" option on your CD, for Win Xp - it is "recovery console" ! When repairing finishes restart computer and boot from disk (just do not press anything when you see message "boot from CD..." and let windows from HDD configure it self).
Ever encountered a problem with your computer wherein it gives you an error page saying that a certain file in the registry is missing or corrupt? Unfortunately, with this kind of error, there are times that you are not able to boot into the OS, and therefor you are not able to do a system restore.
If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, you may initiate System Restore via booting into "Repair My Computer" which you can choose via the Advanced Boot Options of Windows. However, what do you do if this does not work, or you are using Windows XP.
Fortunately, there is still a way to be able to restore your system. This involves manually doing the system restore via the recovery console (for XP), and recovery environment (Vista and 7). The only thing that you will need is the OS CD.
Once you have successfully booted into the Recovery Console, type in the commands below and make sure that you press "ENTER" after each line.
C:\WINDOWS] cd \
C:\] attrib -h-s "system volume information"
C:\] Cd "system volume information"
C:\system volume information] cd _resto~1
..._resto~1] dir --- this should list several rp folders [short for restore points] just select second to the last or any of your choice other the the last rp folder
..._resto~1] cd rp#
...rp#] cd snapshot
...snapshot] dir --- the 5 hive files are shown in this format:
Syntax [Command filename location]
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_security c:\windows\system32\config\security
...snapshot] copy _registry_machine_sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
...snapshot] copy _registry_user_.default c:\windows\system32\config\default
After this, you just need to restart your computer and it should be working fine.
Resolution: Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixmbr" to repair the MBR
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
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
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
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
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
The disks sold by Sony are recovery disks - they only reinstall everything, they can't be used to perform a Repair install. For that borrow (or download ...) a retail install disk of the exact same type as what you have now - originally it came with Win98 SE so if you have XP then the retail option is the only one.
Hi, This normally means that a windows file from the system32 folder is missing or corrupt. You will have repair that by using your operating system cd and go to repair when prompted. If this does not work you may have to install a clean copy of your operating system.
I had a similar issue with a Sony Vaio Laptop recently and through
accidental experimentation I found the system Sony system recovery
utility. i was shooting for F8 to start Windows in safe mode and I
believe I hit F9 by accident. I then discovered this whole menu of Sony
recovery options from reinstalling individual software programs that
were originally included to restoring the hard disk to the original
shipped state. The latter included all original installed software and
fresh out of the box Windows. I eventually did this and it did not
require any recovery CD, just some time and a few clicks as it worked
off of a hidden partition on the disk. I don't know if your desktop has
the same stuff, but if it is fairly new, I am sure it does and you may
have to scour the Sony support site or e-mail them to find the
specifics for your unit.
PS. It did exactly what it claimed, restored to original state completely, but erased anything installed or saved since day 1.