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

When trying to boot Windows xp home, I got the message Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. I checked Q307545 on the MS Knowledge Base. I booted up in Recovery Console and got to the prompts. It never asked for a Administrator password. I couldn’t find the SYSTEM file in the CONFIG folder. So I  typed the following- Copy C\windows\repair\system.bak  to C:\windows\system32\config\system.  (there was a file called SYSTEM.BAD in the COMFIG folder. I tried to boot normally and it gave me same [collapse]original message but the SOFTWARE  file was missing or corrupt. I wanted to change everything back to the way it was but when I booted to the Recovery Console on CD it then asked me for the ADMINISTRATOR password.  I tried just hitting enter, I tried admin, and I tried administrator. Nothing worked.

I need help badly.

Thank you in advance

Larry

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

lgcaisse

What is the computer model?

See if the solution HERE can help.

The repair procedures above are not always successful, then you will need to reinstall XP, but all data on the system will be lost, unless you have backed the data to other media.

This error message can also be caused by a dying hard drive.

Bev.

 

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

Bev

The model is an Inspiron Desktop 530.

I cannot get to the Recovery Console now because it asking for an Administrator PW.  As I stated before I got into the Recovery Console with no problem the first time and it didn't ask for a PW. I typed in Copy c:\windows\repair\system.bak to C:\windows\system32\config\system. It failed to boot again. I got the same message only with the SOFTWARE file.

I tried to get into the Recovery Console again to change the SOFTWAre FILE but it asked me for the ADMINISTRATOR PW. I don't know what it is or was since I never gave it one. Now I am stuck.

Please help me. My journal # is 09153MHM06

Thank You

lgcaisse  (Larry)

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

lgcaisse 

Larry.

If you have not set a password, have you tried, when the password is requested, just pushing the 'Enter' key.

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

Bev,
Yes I've tried "enter, admin and administrator" both lower case and upper case. Is there a master PW someplace I could use. The HD is not backed up and I hate to lose the data that's on the drive.
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lgcaisse aka Larry
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Re: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Larry.

As far as I know there is no 'Master' password for the 530, but if there is, maybe another member can step in and help.

There is a 'Forgotten Password' jumper [PSWD], on the motherboard, you could using that, see HERE

<ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

If this fails to correct the problem, then the other option would be to restore the 530 to it's factory condition, see HERE

Bev.

 

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

Bev:
I tried the PSWD jumper and I guess it doesn't work for the Administrator PW in Recovery Console mode. Oh well it was worth a shot.
If you come up with anything else i can try I would greatly appreciate it.
I just need to access the HD directories.
Regards
Larry
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Re: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Bev,

BTW,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,GO Yankees !!!!

Larry

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

Bev,

BTW,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,GO Yankees !!!!

Larry

 

Larry.

Bev.

 

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

Bev,
One more question. Is there a way to create a CD or DVD that will boot a DOS prompt and allow me to access NTFS files?  That would work if it's possible
Larry
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