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System not booting

\windows\system32\config\system file is missing

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  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2007

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

    \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.

    I do not have the original setup CD-ROOM. for

    Toshiba SATELLITE 5100

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ITs not a solution but im having this problem and for whatever reason when i hit f10 it brings me to PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Posted on Aug 23, 2008

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  1. Turn on the PC and press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears. The Windows advanced options menu appears.
  2. Use the Up and Down Arrow and Enter keys to select Return to OS choices .
  3. Select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console . NOTE: If "Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console" is not listed, restart the PC with a Windows XP CD, Recovery Console CD, or Recovery Tools CD in the top CD or DVD drive and open Microsoft Windows Recovery Console. If a Windows XP Setup screen appears when using Recovery Console CDs, press the R key to open the Recovery Console. NOTE: If "Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console" does not list and you do not have a CD with recovery console, try the following:
    1. Turn on the PC, and press the F10 key repeatedly at the first screen.
    2. At the Recovery screen, click Advanced Options .
    3. Press the Alt + D keys at the same time to open a command prompt window and skip to step 5.
  4. When the login prompt appears, press the number next to the windows version (minint or Windows) and type the logon password. Try pressing Enter if you do not know the password.
  5. At the command prompt, type the following: diskpart
  6. Press Enter , do one the following:
    • If a table of volume names appears, remember the drive letter next to the main drive volume name (usually D or H next to HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO) and press the Esc key.
    • If a diskpart prompt appears, type list volume , press Enter , remember the drive letter next to the main drive volume name (usually D or H next to HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO), type exit when done, and then press Enter .
    NOTE: If the main drive volume name does not appear in the list, the PC needs to be recovered. For more information, refer to Performing a Full System Recovery in XP .
Step 2: Replacing the file from a backup folder Use the following steps to find and replace the missing file from the command prompt environment: NOTE: The following steps use the filename Ntoskrnl.exe. If the filename that appears on your computer is different, replace Ntoskrnl.exe with the filename from the error.
  1. Type the following at the command prompt: cd X:\i386 (where X is the main drive letter)
  2. Press the Enter key. If the error The system cannot find the path specified appears, enter the following paths, in order, until the error does not occur:
    • cd X:\Windows\i386 (where X is the main drive letter)
    • cd X:\i386 (where X is the main drive letter)
    • cd X:\Windows\i386 (where X is the main drive letter)
  3. Type the following at the command prompt: expand ntoskrnl.ex_ X:\windows\system32 (where X is the main drive letter) If your filename is different, replace ntoskrnl.ex_ with the filename that appears in the error and replace the last character in the filename with an underscore (_).
  4. Press the Enter key, and type the following at the command prompt: cd X:\windows\system32 (where X is the drive letter)
  5. Press the Enter key, and type the following at the command prompt: attrib ntoskrnl.exe -r
  6. Press the Enter key, and type the following at the command prompt: rename ntoskrnl.exe ntoskrnl.bak
  7. Press the Enter key, and type the following at the command prompt: rename ntoskrnl.ex_ ntoskrnl.exe
  8. Press Enter and type the following at the command prompt: exit
  9. Press Enter and the PC restarts without the error. If the error persists, continue to Step 3.
Step 3: Replacing boot.ini if necessary If the error continues, preventing you from opening Windows, the boot.ini file is probably corrupted. Open a command prompt and replace the boot.ini as follows by typing: copy X:\windows\pss\boot.ini.backup X:\boot.ini (where X is the main drive letter) After the boot.ini file is replaced, restart the PC. Step 4: Recovering the PC If the error still continues, recover the PC .

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