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On power on of pc i get : windows cannot start because the following system is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system

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  • helpmypcsuks Jul 22, 2008

    all i have is the windows Vista Home basic reinstallation DVD and that has been no help so far

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Hello,
This is due to either a faulty RAM connection (meaning dirty RAM or faulty RAM module), a faulty hard drive or a software corruption. First of all, get your RAM checked, most of the time this problem happens due to bad RAM. Get it replaced if necessary.
If you had to replace it and it still gives the message, then you will need to perform a checkdisk on it. Obtain a Windows Xp cd and boot to it. Choose the Recovery Console. It will ask you which windows installation to log unto. Choose the C drive (usually option 1). It will ask for Administrator password, enter it and then press enter. If there is no password, just press enter. Next, type after the prompt, chkdsk c: /r and press enter. This will take about 15 minutes to half hour. When finished, type EXIT and restart the computer. Let it boot to hard drive this time and it should boot up fine.

Try this and let me know what happens.

Thanks,
Lolita

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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Windows\systems32\config\system file is missing or corrupt


You can order a new set of disks from the manufacturer or pull out the had drive and plug it into another PC or buy an external hard drive dock . Newegg has them for around $20

Mar 09, 2014 | Insignia Computers & Internet

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Boot problems and their possible causes & resolutions


Symptoms:
Black screen
"Invalid Partition Table"
"Error loading operating system"
"Missing operating system"


Cause:
Corrupt Master Boot Record (MBR)

Resolution:
Boot into Recovery Console and run "fixmbr" to repair the MBR

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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

on May 03, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 stuck in windows boot manager file \windows\system32\config\system status: 0xc000014c info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt ...


Here's part of an article on how to replace that registry file:

Look in the C:\windows\system32\config\regback\ folder.
There should be copies of the registry files stored inside that folder.
They are backed up periodically and stored in that folder.

If you create a MiniWin, BartPE, or a Linux Live CD, you can start the computer from CD and move the file system to the required folder, C:\windows\system32\config\.

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I can use my Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop says that windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system


You'll need a operating system disk or repair disk to run the check disk utility.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

Mar 31, 2012 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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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.

Dec 31, 2011 | Dell OptiPlex 740 (BPCW6TT) PC Desktop

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What should i do if my windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt


Hi
try to restore system or repair the windows

you can try so copy the folder from another good running windows

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Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM


try to replace HDD data cable from IDE 1 to IDE 2 or SATA 1 to SATA 4.

or insert XP bootable CD and repair the windows.

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