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File is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I have an HP zv5000 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 this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

So I did that with my original Setup disc, it started to load stuff on a blue screen and then the message at the bottom said that it was starting windows, but it gave me a black screen with about a dozen choices of what to do next.
I don't know which one to choose. The other alternative was to press 'enter' and partition the drive. I don't know whether to do the partitioning or not.
Is there a choice in the list that I can choose?

chrisusvi

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  • chrisusvi May 11, 2009

    I can't get in to backup anything.
    I tried the recovery disc but it asks me what choice to make.
    How do I know! It is suppose to fix this.
    It seems to be a windows startup issue isn't it? The hard drive should stay in tact.
    I'm guessing.


  • chrisusvi May 11, 2009

    Message for coffey96:

    The support link that you posted is for window 2000 NT. I have Windows XP with the similar message "missing or corrupt:

    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

    chrisusvi


  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    do you back up you document from HD folder? setup the new windows should be erase all data!

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I mean your documents are very important so do not install xp setup before the data backup, you can use a USB adapter connect to a normall PC to do so. and then tell you how do install xp CD.
1) load files -->press F8 -->confirm install new xp --> detect a disk
--> choose c: disk (this step you can change disk pertition)-->format disk c: --> copy files keep in touch ....to finish.
hope it help you to deal well

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Http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q269/0/75.ASP
Here is a link to tell all about your problem and how you can go about fixing it.

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