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Not starting up

My pc worked yesterday and not today!When switched on it says windows file missing or corrupt: WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM. Can anyone help please? Thanks.

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  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    Have you attempted to start Windows in Safe Mode?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    keeps saying that Windows is not genuine

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Use the recovery CD to start, maybe it can fix the issue as well.

WARNING: Do NOT allow it to replace the information without backing up, it could set it to factory 'zero'

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I have an evo n610c and it started up with a message that says, "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM You can attempt to repair thi


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How To Fixed Corrupted or Missing \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG


If you get the error:
Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE
  1. Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
  2. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
  3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
    Typically this will be #1
  4. Enter in the administrator password when requested
  5. cd \windows\system32\config
  6. Depending on which section was corrupted:
    ren software software.bad or ren system system.bad
  7. Depending on which section was corrupted
    copy \windows\repair\system
    copy \windows\repair\software
  8. Take out the CD ROM and type exit

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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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Windows/system32/config/system is corrupt


One of following will work:

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

http://www.techsupportforum.com/microsoft-support/windows-xp-support/312090-windows-system32-config-system-missing-corrupt-files.html

http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-22815-windows-system32-config-system-is-corrupt

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

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Compaq Presario 1700 PC Notebook Problem gives me a screen windows will not strat because file is corrupted or missing file is \windows\system32\config\system


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Do you have the XP cd or the recovery cd's. This needs to be fixed by performing a Windows repair.
missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system"means that the OS,XP, is missing an essential file to run.
Or it could mean that your hard drive is failing. Is the hard drive noisey?
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