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Windows XP Hi - I keep getting an error when i turn on my computer saying the " windows could not start b/c the windowssystem32configsystem is corrupt or missing .. Thx

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  • Kaybee12 Jul 26, 2008

    My computer is HP 1620n-- i coulod not find the product name . Thx

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Hi Kaybee12,

If you have the Windows operating system cd, then all you need to do is insert the cd and choose repair system files.

This will fix the issue.

Thank you and good luck.

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System32 is a vital part of your PC. You can look at it as the heart and brain of the Windows operating system without which, your computer would not be working at all. System32 is usually located in the C: drive under C:WindowsSystem32 or C:Winntsystem32 and is usually hidden in order to prevent any accidental alterations by the user.

Reboot your PC and press F8 during the booting sequence until you get into the boot menu. Select "Boot Using Last Known Good Configuration". Your PC will now try to startup using a configuration that has worked in the past. If you are still facing the System32 corrupt or missing error, you could try the following but you have to be careful. In case you are not comfortable messing with your system files, skip this part and continue reading the "Quick and Easy Fix" paragraph.
Use the Console to Fix the "System32 Corrupt or Missing" Error

Insert your Windows XP Recovery disk and reboot your PC. If you don't have a recovery disk skip this paragraph. Select the Recovery Console and type the following into the console.
This will recover your windows system but you need to be extremely careful that you are typing correct commands or everything gets even worse.
md tmp

copy C:windowssystem32configsystem C:windowstmpsystem.bak

delete C:windowssystem32configsystem

copy C:windowsrepairsystem C:windowssystem32configsystem

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In case you don't feel comfortable messing with your windows system; I suggest using a Windows System Repair tool which will scan your System and list all system errors before attempting to fix it. Besides solving the System32 corrupt or missing error, a system repair tool will ultimately speed up your System as it cleans and reorganizes your registry and deletes unnecessary files.
A commonly used tool is Errorsmart which is available for free at http://www.SpeedUpMyPc.Info Before re-installing windows or messing with your system, give Errorsmart a try and check if it is able to fix system32 corrupt or missing error

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