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Corrupt file at startup, can not start up Win 7

Q: Corrupt file at startup, can not start up Win 7

Win 7 machine was running normal until I got this message at start up. When I try to run startup repair, I get the following message:

Problem Signature
Problem Event Name:StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21199305
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 14
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

can some help me to resolve this issue?

A: Corrupt file at startup, can not start up Win 7

Hi and welcome to TSF, please see the info here Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive

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I recently tried to do a system restore on my computer that runs Windows XP. In the middle of the process it stopped. Now when I try to boot up my computer it says

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

<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.

Please re-install a copy of the above file"

I tried searching for answers to fix it but most of them require the Windows disk which I do not have anymore. Can you please tell me how to fix the problem or where I can find a Windows disk so I can fix the problem? Thanks!

A:Missing or Corrupt File on Startup

You can try running sfc with the scannow option. Go to Start, then to Run, and type in "SFC.EXE /SCANNOW" (without the quotes - and with a space between the SFC.EXE and the /SCANNOW). Then press Enter. This program will just exit without telling you anything, so you will need to restart your computer to see if it affected a repair.Is this a custom build that you installed the XP on? If so, do you still have the 25 character code that came with it?If this is a retail computer, (Dell, HP, Gateway...)what is the make and model of it?

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I get an error at startup saying theres an inconsistency in one of my files on the C drive. And I remember a box came up at the taskbar saying something about the download file. I deleted everything in the file when it said that. I was download from thesimsresource.com when it happened. It's a new compaq laptop and there's no restore point created. Help? D:
 

A:Corrupt file in 'downloads' error at startup

Can you take a snapshot of the error using ALT-PrtSc on the keyboard and paste it into Microsofts' Paint utility, save it as a JPEG and attach here?

You can also run a filesystem check. Open up my computer, right click the C drive, go to the disk tools are and choose to do a check. There might be a couple of checkboxes, if so, check them and say ok.

At this point it might say, it needs to reboot to accomplish the task. Just remember that you won't be able to use the computer while this procedure is running.
 

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Hi, my name is Felix and I live in Copenhagen, I recently bought some spare parts from my cousin, well actually, it was an entire computer with just the PSU missing, it had burned out, so he had just bought a new computer. Well, I bought a relatively cheap PSU and installed all the parts in the cabinet. It has been working fine for almost 2 months now, but then i had to move it last Saturday.
When i moved it back and hooked up all of the cables s*** went down. At first it wouldn't even start up, so i turned off the PSU switch and started it up again, and that's where i got this error:

\windows\system32\config\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows set up using the original cd-rom

Select R at the first screen to start repair.

So my problem is that I haven't installed the cd-drive yet, and my keyboard doesn't even work when i enter the boot menu. Also, I have a suspicion that the harddrive was damaged when i moved the pc, but why would the pc have trouble starting up then. I can get to the error maybe every fifth time.

I can easily get the XP recovery Console ISO burned to a cd-r by a friend, but that doesn't even matter if both the psu and harddrive are burned out, does it?

This is my first post here on the site, i read this post: [SOLVED] Missing/corrupt file - computer won't start up
and it seemed quite helpful. But if my computer can't even start 80% of the time, and shuts off randomly whats the point in repairing the harddrive?
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A:Corrupt file on startup/hardware problem maybe?

Install a CD-ROM drive so that you can test the hard drive from a bootable diagnostic CD. The CD drive should work for bootable discs even if Windows has a problem.

You can test the drive with Seagate SeaTools for DOS, an ISO file which you burn to a CD with IMGBurn. The CD is then bootable and starts the diagnostic utility.

SeaTools for DOS is here (click "Downloads"): SeaTools | Seagate

IMGBurn is here: Download ImgBurn 2.5.7.0 - FileHippo.com

Otherwise, if you can't install a CD-ROM drive, remove the hard drive, install it on a working system and test it in there with SeaTools for Windows instead of the DOS version.

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I'm not entirely sure if this is the right section or not, but I don't think the computer is infected with any virus or malware, so I figured I'd give this one a try. Please move it if it isn't in the correct section.It is my father's computer, so I'm not sure what the cause could be, all he said was that the tower sounded louder than usual, and that he figured it may have been the fan. The computer was unresponsive, so he powered it down.When I attempted to start the computer, I received a black screen with the message:Windows could not start because the following file is missingor corrupt:<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe,Please re-install a copy of the above file.I powered it down, and started it up again, this time hitting F10 to enter system recovery, and received a blue screen with this message:STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}The registry cannot load the hive (file):\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SECURITYor its log or alternate.It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.I'm sorry if this has been discussed before, I was searching through looking for a similar situation, and only really found the Xp Boot "fixes" topic, but wanted to see if anyone could guide me through it before I burn the iso of the recovery xp recovery console and try messing around with that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Corrupt or missing file preventing startup

Hi, take a look:C0000218 Registry File Failure - http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_repair_a_stop.htm Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 Louis

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When trying to start computer this message appears:
Windows cannot locate <windows root>/system32/hal.dll because it is missing or corrupt
After attempting to restart in safe mode, command prompt etc. it asks you to choose the operating system to start up with.
How can you start up the computer if the operating system cannot find a file. It goes in a cirdcle back to the original message. Please help

A:Start Up File Corrupt In Xp

Welcome to Bleeping Computer, katwit.Please see the following web link - Missing Windows hal.dll file.Hope that helps,

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Unexpectedly at StartUp message on black screen:
Windows could not start; missing/corrupt file <Windows Root>\System32\hal.dll.

At my level of inexperience I don't even know the meaning of the < & >.

I am on HP Pavilion a1350n Media Edition2005 with WinXP SP3. I have Win XP Pro CD which I ran. After installing numerous files it offered choice of I386 or MiniNT. Not having any knowledge of either I arbitrarily selected I386. Tried fresh startup with and then again without CD; in both cases the same "missing/corrupt" message appeared.
Presume I must use Safe Mode but no idea of what to do when I get there.

Will appreciate clear details of just how to find/install the required dll file.
Secondarily I'd be interested in probable cause as means of avoiding repetition.

Thank you. Sincerely,
 

A:CRISIS: Inability to StartUp: Missing/Corrupt dll file

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Hi,

I'm an intern with an NGO organization where one of the desktop computers started having problems about a week ago. The computer is a Dell running Windows 7. Every morning, the first person to turn it on sees a whole bunch of updates being installed. The boot screen is irregular, it doesn't include the F2 or F12 options for changing the setup, and it never goes to the log screen. Instead, it goes to a "Startup Repair" window, runs a "scan" that can't be canceled, and then reports that Windows was unable to fix the problem and offers an option to restart. If I click to see the full diagnostic, everything checks out except the last item, which says that "critical boot file ci.dll is corrupt." If I go to "Advanced Diagnostic Tools," it doesn't allow to me do a system restore or much of anything else besides open the command prompt, and I can do only limited diagnostic tasks from there. If I restart, though, it restarts and functions perfectly normally. I installed Avast on there when I started working with it and the full virus scan finds no problems. The computer functions normally for the rest of the day; however, when I go to shut it down after 5 oclock, it says that it's installing 67 updates, every single day.

I can't figure out whether this is some bizarre virus that just makes it take a little longer to use the computer every morning, or a much more malicious virus whose effects simply haven't mani... Read more

A:Once-a-day startup problems, saying "boot critical file c:\ci.dll is corrupt"

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Please help me, I'm desperate!!

I've only had my laptop about a year, it's XP Home with SP1, 512 RAM and 40GB hard drive if that helps. I haven't used it much lately but I think I might have left it on hibernate when I used it last as I often do.

I tried to boot it up today and I got a black screen saying that a System32 file was corrupt or missing and windows wouldn't start. It instructed me to use my system recovery discs, which I did, but now the problem seems to have gotten worse!

It still won't boot to windows at all, nor does it complete the recovery process no matter which operation I try.

This is the first time I've had any trouble with it, the hard drive hasn't been noisy or anything, and of course the warranty has just expired

Can anyone suggest something I can try before I take it to a shop to be repaired?
 

A:Laptop won't start up because of corrupt file?

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Upon booting up my laptop, "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."

1) I do not have a startup disc. Is there anyway to proceed without one?

2) If I obtain a startup disc, is there anyway to save "files" "programs", or will I lose everything?

I'll be happy to provide additional information as asked. Thanks for your time.

A:windows could not start because file is corrupt

The issue is that it is not awlays as easy as the first step, yes there are ways to get teh Recovery Console without the disk, however it is not easy to do a repair install without the disk.

You will need the OS CD to run recovery console or use some other live CD to open the disk and move things around.

Here is the MS page on how to do it.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

I have tried this at work, but there was a bad sector on the disk drive and it was failing anyhow. And no doing what MS says will not mess up your data unless you have to go to the STEP 4

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For several days over the past 2 weeks, when I booted my PC it went into a "CHKDSK" mode on drive C: only. I don't know where it was getting that command from. Sometimes I skipped the process before it began, but a few times I let it run. Each time, it found at least one unreadable file, and deleted it from the folder it was in. Then the PC would continue to start up normally.
 
Two nights ago, I shut it down normally. When I went to start it the next time, I got this message:
" Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \Windows\system32\config\system ".
 
The PC I'm using is about 10 years old, and was given to me a couple of years ago by a friend who was upgrading his system. It came with two versions of XP already installed: XP Home Edition, English; and XP Professional (a different language). I don't have the original installation disks for either one. However, I do have an XP Pro CD of my own (that includes SP2) that I've owned for several years and which I used on a previous PC. I tried using that CD to run the "repair" mode, but it failed -- I'm guessing that's either because the 25-character installation codes don't match, or because you can't use a Pro version CD to repair a corrupted Home version. 
 
Ever since I started using this newer ( ) PC, I've been choosing to start up with the English Home Edition, so of course all my subsequent documents and installed programs are connected to that version, and not to the ... Read more

A:Corrupt "System" file; XP won't start

FWIW:  When chkdsk starts automatically, with no user intervention...it's normally an indication of a file system/hard drive problem.  The reason that chkdsk initiates on its own is that Windows is trying to overcome what it views as a problem with the files/file system (Windows files or the NTFS partition).
 
Chkdsk cannot repair problems with anything other than the files...if the problem is the file system or with the hard drive itself....chkdsk will try but it won't be effective.
 
IME...I just run the chkdsk /r command anytime that chkdsk initiates on its own.  The chkdsk /r command is more comprehensive than the chkdsk which initiates on its own...in that it will try to rescue files from bad sectors.  Thus the chkdsk /r command is the better command users should utilize, rather than just assuming that because the chkdsk was allowed to run...there is no problem.
 
Start/Run...type chkdsk /r and hit Enter.  Type Y in new screen and hit Enter.  Reboot the system, the command will execute and boot into Windows when completed.
 
<<" Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \Windows\system32\config\system ".>>
 
This message is an indication that the Windows registry is damaged, see Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545 .
 
In addition to the MS guidance, see post by AustrAlien at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t... Read more

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Hi, Im new to the techguy forums so please bear with me

Ok.. the other day when i turned on my pc i got the error XP Could not start, the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

I run Microsoft Windows home service pack 2.

Also, to complicate things, My computer is lacking a disk drive, so i only have access to USB ports.

I realy need help with this because I havnt got a clue what to do.
 

A:XP Could not start, the following file is missing or corrupt....

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<windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

please reinstall a copy of the file above

I dont have a disk although i probably wouldn't know what to d o with it anyway and so what do i do? It was working fine until i just turned it on.
 

A:windows could not start because following file is corrupt

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I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro notebook, running Windows XP Home with SP2.

The other day, while doing nothing out of the ordinary (i.e. I hadn't just installed anything new, or downloaded anything, or anything like that), I got the lovely blue-screen Windows crash. When the computer restarted itself, the Toshiba start-up screen came up as normal, but instead of the Windows start-up screen coming up after it, I got the message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
System32/DRIVERS/Ntfs.sys
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.

When I push any button, it restarts, and gives me the same message. Sometimes the file mentioned is Ntfs.sys, sometimes it's isapnp.sys, and sometimes it's pci.sys.

By pressing F8 while starting I can get to the screen with restarting options (Safe mode, w/ networking, w/ command prompt, Last Known Good Config., Start normally). If I choose to start normally, it just adds on the "missing or corrupt" message to the bottom of the screen. If I start in any safe mode, it generates a list of files that stops at one of the three mentioned above, and then gives me the "missing or corrupt" message. If I start from the last known good configuration, more of the same.

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A:Windows Can't Start- File corrupt

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I have tried all the solutions suggested in this thread:
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/466338-bad-start-up-file.html

However I am still having problems...
I have tried the above solution with recovery console. I get into it and it asks to answer which windows installation I want to repair. It shows 1: c\windows , so I enter in 1 and press enter. ( I also have just entered 1 without the enter) my computer does nothing....just sits there. It never gets to the next step of asking for the administrators password. I then tried multiple times to go into the "reinstall XP function" and then after it says "looking for versions of window on yout computer" it just sits there.....hard drive light flashing occasionally, but nothing but blue screen.

Is there anyway for me to copy the system files i need if I have the non bootable XP drive daisychained to a drive that does boot? Anyone have any suggestions? I am at my wits end. I apparantly can not re-install xp to this HD and can not get the recovery/repair option to work. No safe mode, no nothing. I am thinking there has got to be a way of copying the files I need from the xp cdrom while having the non bootable drive connected to the one working/bootable drive I am able to use. ( I was able to upload XP to a seporate HD I had lying around, however I really want to fix the 80 gig hd that will not boot now. I do have another question. If I can not solve thise issue, I want to get my favorites from my &q... Read more

A:xp wont start....corrupt file...please help!

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The problem is that when i want to start my PC, i get this error:
FILE IS MISSING OR CORRUPT" You can try to solve this problem by trying to repair windows.

I have windows xp media center, i have alot of important files on this laptop!! what can i do!!!
 

A:Widnow Xp Cannot Start Up File is missing or corrupt

Does it say WHAT file is missing? Do you have your Windows installation cd?
 

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I'm trying to follow what Microsoft says here http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307545 but im stuck on step 4. I can't type my password in becuase you can only type one letter. It's not asking for my password, it's asking for some number.

After typing everything, it seems that you can whatever you want. I typed my password in and it never worked. then i pressed help and look at the commands. I typed one of commands in and that never worked to.

Well i'm back to the setup. I can do three things, press enter for windows xp setup , press r for recovery console or press f3 to exit. I don't want to lose any date...

A:Windows could not start because the following file is missingor corrupt

I followed everything through expect for the last step now im getting this stupid error "lsass.exe system error an invalid parameter was passed to a service or function."

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Im running XP on my laptop and i got this error message when i booted my laptop (Sony Vaio)
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
Windows/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM

I tried using Microsoft support to try and repair the file but my Laptop didn't come with an XP bootable CD. So i took out my laptop's hard disk and ran it on my other laptop as an external hard disk. I then backed up the files in the config directory and replaced them with the ones in the repair directory but alas it didnt help. Please help guys
 

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

anyone?
 

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I have had the worst luck recently. This problem i am having now resulted from an attempt at fixing another problem. Whenever i rebooted my laptop it would just give me a bluescreen saying "STOP: c000021a (Fatal System Error)" ...so i googled this error and someone suggested that i goto this site and do that...http://support.microsoft.com/default...-us;307545#top

Well, i found my OS cd and started completing the steps, i got this far:
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

but then on the 3rd batch of code i kept getting a message saying it couldnt find the file...so then i just restarted my laptop and NOW i am not even getting to the bluescreen error...i simply get: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system

I am pretty sure that this is a result of me tampering with the recovery console and not finishing it because i was not able to because it wouldnt find those files i needed to cop... Read more

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

Oh and the laptop is a Dell Inspiron e1705 with Windows XP Media Center Edition

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Hi there!

Firstly, I apologies if this is in the wrong place.

My problem is this; my computer will no longer start! (and this is a bad thing as I have university exams in 10 days time).

After pressing the power button, the laptop says it's loading Windows files, freezes for a few moments and then loads into startup repair. The error report says that the startup fails due to a corrupt aliide.sys file in the Windows folder (or wherever - I forgot to note this down). Now, it offers no other explanation other than 'unplug everything and try again' (which I've done) or 'contact your manufacturer'. Helpful.

So I went into the system recovery options bit and tried to do a system restore. However, this is all well and good until it reaches the 'finalising restore' stage, where it comes up with another problem. It cannot complete the restore due to an 'unspecified error - Cannot create a file when that file already exists. (0x800700B7)'. It recommends trying another restore point which yields the same result.

I'm really against doing a complete PC restore as there're files and software licenses on there which I don't need the hassle of sorting out. However, I don't see any alternative option!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Extra information:

The latop is a HP Pavillion PC, roughly 2 years old.

I have tried booting into safe mode, but it still ends up in startup repair.

I do not have these reinstall... Read more

A:Computer won't start due to a corrupt aliide.sys file

The best way to get the files off would be to take the Hard drive out and connect it to another PC using an Enclosure with USB connection.

If you know any body with the same version of Vista as you and has a disk you could borrow it try a startup repair option also.
 

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Please Help!!!!! I have XP Home Ed. Tonight my wife turned on my PC and got this message :Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt : "Windows\System32\Config\System" How do I repair or replace this file ? I got into the XP Repair Console but was totally lost.
 

A:[Solved] Help...Corrupt File XP wont start

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When I re-boot my computer, I get the following error message:

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

<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I am using Windows XP Home. How do I fix this without completely restoring my hard drive?

Thanks,
Bruce
 

A:Can't start Windows--corrupt system file

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Hi everyone.

I am new to these boards and they look like they have already helped alot of people. So I am hoping you can help me.

I got a computer from my friend over Christmas. Windows XP. I have a cable modem as well.

Last night I return home to a frozen computer and when I restarted it I get this message.

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

<windowsroot>\system\ntoskml.exe

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

My friend gave me all the XP windows disks and reinstallation disks. In fact he gave me everything that came with the computer. Anyone know what to do? Should I reinstall windows xp? And if so how do I go about doing that?

Thanks!
-Jason
 

A:Windows cannot start because the following file is missing or corrupt..

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Hi
Will appreciate any help with this problem.
When computer starts up it gives me a message on a black background
"Windows could not start up because the following file is missing or corrupt Windows root/system32/hal.dll. Please re install a copy of the above file"
When i press ENTER it gives me options

Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Setup

When i choose MW XP Home Edition it starts up normally.

This message started to appear after I tried to repair my computer from Microsoft Windows XP recovery CD and later I found out that PC was infected with malware at that time.

I got send to Windows FORUM by HJT team who helped me to clean my computer up from malware. They also told me that I should have never performed a repair Windows when the computer was infected with malware.. Now when its free of viruses they suggested me to seek further assistance with hal.dll problem here.
Please if anyone knows how to fix hal.dll file let me know.

Thanks again.

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

Seeing how you can get it to run normally after choosing those boot options probably means you hosed the boot.ini file:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184

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Hey all, hope someone can help me I turned on my XP Media Centre Edition laptop today and it gave me the following message:
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

So after swearing I googled it and found the Microsoft fix page http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Now I realised I dont have the cd for the laptop as it never came with it, luckily I have a XP Home Edition OS CD and after more googling I thought it'll have to do. So enetered repair console doodah and completed these sections of the Microsoft guide:

md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

After each copy line it told me 1 file was copied but after the delete lines it told me nothing. Going onto the next section I entered the following:

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

hit return and it said "The system cannot find the file specified". After many more swearwords I googled some more and found variou... Read more

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

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My laptop froze during Start >> Shut down last night (after stalling and acting very uncooperative prior), so I was forced to hold down the power key to turn it off.

Today, I received this beautiful message -

Quote:




Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hall.dll
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.




I can't locate my XP CD from 2003 so I downloaded a copy and tried making my own (Home Edition SP3). Anyway, I tried following the directions for the Recovery Console posted at these sites and it doesn't work for me:

How To Fix Missing Hal.dll Errors in Windows XP

Langa Letter: XP's Little-Known 'Rebuild' Command - - - Informationweek

Windows could not start because hal.dll is missing or corrupt
First of all, I don't get any message about entering an administrator password. Second, the directory that shows up is not C:\Windows but rather D:\MiniNT (I think my E drive is the optical and D is the hard disk, but there is also a partition I created from following some of these directions).

I tried the "bootcfg /rebuild" command but I get the error message "Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system, which would prevent Bootcfg from successfully scanning. Use chkdsk to detect any disk errors"

Then I type "chkdsk" which results in "The volume appears to be in... Read more

A:Windows could not start because hal.dll file is missing or corrupt

Hi and welcome to TSF did you type it chkdsk /p
Chkdsk Command (Recovery Console)

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As my Dell Optiplex 330 was starting up the power cord was accidentally pulled out and now I get an error saying a file is missing or corrupt at windows\system32\config\system. It says I may be able to repair this using the windows setup disk and pressing "r". I tried this however when I get to repair it asks me to select the installation I want to log onto, I press - 1 for XP and then it does nothing. I also tried getting to the safe mode screen and selecting last known good configuration which it let me get to once, but it still gave me the same error and now it will not even get to the safe mode list F8, it will just restart itself. Is there any way I can fix the system file without reinstalling the operating system? I have the ability to hook the hard drive up to another computer so I was thinking of just coping the "system" file but I'm not sure if that will help at all or just create more issues. I would really like to avoid reinstalling the OS.

Thank you for any advice!

A:Corrupt System File - Cannot Start Windows

I would try connecting the drive to a second system as a secondary drive...then running the chkdsk /r by following the guidance under Starting Check Disk at CHKDSK Utility - http://www.hard-drive-help.com/chkdsk.html.Louis

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Hi,Recently my daughters computer had a virus that totally disrupted everything almost to the point of in operability. I managed to remove the virus but the damage came down to a serious error that I have not been able to remove or fix. It all started when I did a recovery of the system. After the recovery the following error came up right after trying to reboot; Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.Please re-install a copy of the above file.Now, here are the specs for this computer; Compaq Presario sr1913wmProcessor: Athlon 64 (V) 3500+ 2.2 GHz 2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second) Socket 939Chipset: GeForce 6150 LE Motherboard: Asus A8N-LA512 mb DDR 400 PC3200 184 pin RAMHard drive: 120 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec) 7200 rpm16X DVD(+/-)R/RW (+/-)R DL LightScribe driveIt had the hard drive parttioned with Windows XP Media Center and the installation files in a separate partition instead of them providing us will installation disks. Can't say that I like that but what can I say? Anywho, I tried the simple approach and re-installed a new copy of the file and it still came up the same way. I then decided to look into the boot.ini and that didn't change anything. Now, those two procedures were recomended by HP's customer support site on this particular product. They finally recomended that I do a recovery install by formating the main drive and then recovering it or should I say ... Read more

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

I read that this could oddly be caused by a short in the keyboard cable, so try unplugging the keyboard to see if it boots. Is is possible that any of the software you installed could be malicious? Lastly, it could be a bad hard drive or cable. Good luck and let us know!

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Hi, this problem had happened a day ago and I can't seem to find a solution to it. I know that there is a similar thread for this problem however it is not the same file.

It says: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \\Windows\system32

It does not display configure\system like the other threads had showed. I also tried solutions other threads have shown like using the Windows Setup CD and tried the "repair installation" after you choose the option to install Windows XP, however it does not show that i have Windows XP installed nor does it show an option to repair Windows XP besides the "Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console". I can also neither boot in safe mode because i was missing the BOOT.INI file from the start.


So I was wondering if there was anyway to solve this problem without wiping all the data i have from the computer. Much help is appreciated.

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

Hello kracksickles


Quote:




Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \\Windows\system32




That is really odd
Are you sure there is not more to this message, such as an actual file name.
System32 is a folder full of system files.

Try this, but I`m not sure if it will work in light of that strange error message

Select the "Recovery Console"
("Press R to start the Recovery Console")
You may be asked which Windows installation to enter, in which case type the number of the Windows installation you wish to work on (usually "1").

When prompted, enter the Administrator's password for that Windows installation. If you did not set a password just press ENTER

At the command prompt, type
Bootcfg /Rebuild
ENTER

The exact wording will depend on your setup, but after a few moments you'll see a prompt that says something like:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add Installation To Boot List?

Assuming the information you see is correct, enter
Y
Bootcfg will start the process of rebuilding the boot list to include the indicated Windows installation

After a moment, you'll be asked to "Enter Load Identifier."
This is the name of the operating system that will appear in boot menus.
Type
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
or
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
(whichever your system is)
ENTER
Next you'll be asked to "E... Read more

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I just started having a number of problems, symptoms and issues on my Dell Latitude D610, with a XP Professional operating system. Here is a list of items to think about:
1. Slow and non-responsive start up.
2. Error message "SVHhost.exe application error. Instruction at 0xffbaddll referenced memory can't be written."
3. Cannot update Adobe- "update failed" message.
4. Cannot update AVG Freeware- "update failed" message.
5. Cannot update Java-Update failed message.

I have searched the forums for similar issues and found none like this. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks,

A:Slow Start Up-AVG Free File Corrupt

Hey, just to let the forum know, since I got no response from anyone in this Forum I went ahead and reloaded Windows XP Pro. All is well.

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Hello all.
I have greatly valued your help in the past and i hope you dont mind me requesting it once again.

I was using my PC this evening, which was working fine when we experienced a very brief power cut, which obviously turned the computer off.

When i tried to turn it on again, i have received the following message;

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.

I am unable to get past this screen. I have tried starting in 'safe mode' but the same problem eventually occurs.

I unfortunately do not have the setup CD-ROM to hand. I have access to the internet using my son's laptop (which i am using now) and would appreciate and advice that could be offered.

Thank you.
 

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Hi everybody,

I'm hoping someone can help with a valid link to download a recovery console for repairing XP. I'm trying to help with another laptop in my house which won't start up. When I fire it up, I get this message:
​ "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system 32\config\system"

It says I could attempt to repair the file with the original setup CD Rom. I have no XP disks and I can't boot into safe mode, so - from other threads on the forum it seems I need to download some recovery console so I can attempt the repair (?). However, I can't find a valid link to download the console anywhere (I was trying the links in this discussion: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/978280-solved-windows-could-not-start-2.html --- in PM#20) but I can't seem to access computer paramedics to download.

If I have to download anything, it will have to be on an unaffected computer, as the one in question won't boot up at all.

Can anyone help me out with this dilemma?? I hope so, and thank you very much in advance for any helpful suggestions
 

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This happens every time.
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

When I say every time, I mean every time.
I just bought a new hard drive, so I know it works.

When I try to install xp (full install), I go through the select drive and partition to install.
Everything looks good so far. Windows starts copying the installer files to the drive.
After its done, it reboots. I don't push a button because I know its going to start xp setup now.
It never gets to the setup screen.
I get that message above every time.
 

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

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Hello
I was surfing the internet this morning when my IE locked up. As I was trying to use task manager to end the program my PC shut off and tried to reboot. After a few minutes the following message came up

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<windows root>\system 32\hal.dll
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.

I was hoping someone could tell me what happened and more importantly what if anything there is I can do to fix this. Thanks.

Scott

A:Windows Could Not Start Because The Following File Is Missing Or Corrupt

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htmI did'nt have time to read up on this but it seems legit. hope this solves your problem.

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Hi,

My mate has a laptop with XP HE SP1 on it. Today when he turned it on it came up with;

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\windows\system32\config\system

I know that this can be easily fixed using the recovery console, but, after i enter the number for the install of windows, 1, i get a bsod saying;

PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
***Stop: 0x00000050 (0xc26FF001, 0x00000001, 0x8090E861, 0x00000000)

I understand the x50 stop errors are generally caused by drivers and im trying to find out if my mate has installed anything recently, but i dont see how i would be able to uninstall them if i cant get to safe mode.

If anyone can help i would greatly apreciate it.
Whitestar
 

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Im running XP on my laptop and i got this error message when i booted my laptop (Sony Vaio)
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
Windows/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM

I tried using Microsoft support to try and repair the file but my Laptop didn't come with an XP bootable CD. So i took out my laptop's hard disk and ran it on my other laptop as an external hard disk. I then backed up the files in the config directory and replaced them with the ones in the repair directory but alas it didnt help. Please help guys

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

Anyone?

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Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM you can attempt to repair this file by restarting windows by using the original setup CDROM.

Now this is the pain in the **** error message which is driving e and a friend insane, my computer had slowly been slowing itself which I first was nothing so I went about my life as normal then one day I went to play on Dawn of War and BOOM that error message presented itself to me which ranked 100/10 on the "Oh shi-" meter, so I tried putting in the disk with no success, tried repairing it - nada. So I tried copying over the folder from a clean hard drive which failed as expected and now I'm out of ideas with anything important sitting on a save hard drive.

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

At the recovery console type chkdsk /p (note the space between the "k" and "/p" ) and hit enter.

if it dont help refer:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

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My HP a350n will not start due to following message:

Windows could not start because thye following file is missing or corrupt:
\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys

I attempted to repair, with no luck. I also get a "resolution notice" to reset for best picture.

Need help:

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I am using XP Pro service pack3. Windows will not start. It gives me "missing or corrupt file"-"\windows\system32\config\system". And said I could try repairing it with the install CD, using the "R" option. Not sure what to do after I get into the "R" option. Help gave me a list of APP's but not sure how to go about it
 

A:Missing or corrupt file (windows will not start)

You have a corrupted registry.

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG-CORRUPTED OR MISSING
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

How to restore an earlier copy of the registry from within the Recovery Console

Directions for Recovering Registry Hives From an XP Restore Point
 

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i am no longer able to start my pc. when i start it i get this message:
"windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
please reinstall a copy of the above file."
how do i reinstall the above file? where can i find it? etc. need help. thanx

my os is XP Pro

A:unable to start pc (missing/corrupt file)

try reinstalling windows xp and see if reinstalling fixes your problem.

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We are a 501 ?(3) non-profit) helping our Injured servicemen & women rebuild their shattered lives.Please Help. Hope I posted correctly as this is first time to post. After logging into computer received was given choice of selecting OS (TWO XP professional). Chose top one.Error message/Windows will not Start because file is missing or corrupt. Delete and reinstall SP 3. Steps I took from Microsoft HelpMethod 1: Use the "Add or Remove Programs" item in Control Panel 1. Click Start, and then click Run. 2. Copy and then paste the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER: appwiz.cpl 3. Click to select the Show Updates check box. 4. Click Windows XP Service Pack 3, and then click Remove. 5. Click Finish to restart the computer after the removal process is complete. Upon Restart Choice was Windows (default)ErrorWindows could not Start because the following file is missing or corrupt:Please re-install a copy of (Windows root)\system 32\hal.dllI do not have recovery disc or XP professional as I installed from Microsoft website with key bought through Tech Soup for Non Profits. I am a novice to intermediate user.Gateway 2000 507GRXP Professional SP 3 (Build 2600)Firefox 3.5 IE 8

A:Windows could not Start because file is missing or corrupt

Download XP Recovery CD Image from here : http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.isoHow to burn this ISO image on CD : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/write-a-cd-dvd-image-or-iso/Once you get recovery cd, you can boot from it just like an XP cd.Microsoft solution for your problem : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477Method 3 given on microsoft site will not work with this recovery disk, because it does not have XP installation files.

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Help. Windows XP Pro throwing the following error message and won't start. I have tried to boot from boot cd

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Please re-install a copy of the above file

When I try to repair windows and choose the NTFS partition I get the following error

An error occured while Setup was updating partition information on: 76317MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on atapi MBR

Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup press F3

Help
 

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

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My HP dv8000 has a major issue. Start it up and I get a black screen that says " windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file".
I am a newbie at trying to fix issues and could use some help or this thing will become a paper weight or boat anchor. Thanks

A:windows can not start missing or corrupt file help!

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

If you can go to Start> Run and type in cmd. When the next page opens type in chkdsk c: /p and then click on enter.

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Upon starting my computer Sunday morning the following message appeared on a black screen in white typeface:

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

I attempted to repair this by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. I just keep getting looped back to: "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

Thanks for your input!

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

Boot to the XP CD and select R (Recovery Console)

At the command prompt type:

ren c:\windows\system32\config\system system.old
copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config

Reboot

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..<windows root>\system32\hal.dll Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Is what it says now when I try to turn on my computer. I have no idea why, it was working fine the last time I used it and now this. I really don't know what to do, any help would be much appreciated.
 

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

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Greetings fellow users,

I get the error:

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

I have gone to the Microsoft site - "http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us" and was unable to attempt the instructions listed because I get an message that reads "Access is denied." As far as I know I don't have an administrator password or require one so I moved on.

I have another computer that runs Vista and hooked the HD to my other computer and I am able to view all the data on the other HD that contains XP. Is there any way I can repair this HD from my existing computer? I am currently running scans checking far viruses, spyware, malware and all that other good stuff.

I am just hoping I can save the HD without formatting.

Thank-you.

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

These commands are given on the Microsoft page you linked to:copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bakcopy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bakdelete c:\windows\system32\config\systemdelete c:\windows\system32\config\softwaredelete c:\windows\system32\config\samdelete c:\windows\system32\config\securitydelete c:\windows\system32\config\defaultcopy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\systemcopy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\softwarecopy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\samcopy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\securitycopy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\defaultIn Vista you should use Windows Explorer to achieve these same commands on that hard drive. Basically you make a backup copy of these 5 files:c:... Read more

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I just got this message this afternoon from my computer that had been working fine this morning.
 
I am running Windows XP SP3 on an older pentium 4 system. This is the exact message:
 
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: c:\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 got out my Setup CD-ROM and it asks me to hit any key to boot from the CD - which I did.
 
It then says that it is checking my current hardware configuration...(or something close to this.)
 
Then the computer restarts and I am back with the same problem again.
 
I tried to restart so that I could write down the exact "checking my current hardware configuration" line and got the CDBOOT: Memory Overflow Error.
 
Well, I am at a loss as to what to do next.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.  And, as always, Thank you in advance!

A:Windows could not start following file is missing or corrupt.

Hi
 
C:\Windows\Config is the system directory which holds the system registry hive files. It is possible to replace the corrupt hive files from a backup copy resides in system restore points. But before doing that, we should check the system memory and hard drive for errors. Bad sectors in the HDD surface is the most common reason for missing files in Windows.
 
Memory test.
 
Please read instructions from the below tutorial to run a memory integrity test using the free tool Memtest86+.
 
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/105647-ram-test-memtest86.html
 
If there are memory errors, red lines will be shown on the screen. You should run at least seven passes for an accurate result.
 

 
 
Stop the test either when it complete seven passes or there are errors shown on the screen. Report the outcome in next reply.
 
 Hard drive surface test.
 
Most of the major HDD manufacturer's have their own testing tools available to verify bad sectors on the surface. Please remove the side cover and identify the brand of your hard drive. Then run either one of the below test depending on the manufacturer.
 
 
For Seagate hard drive :
 
1. Download Seatool for DOS from the below link.
 
    http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOS223ALL.ISO
 
2. Burn the ISO to a blank CD.
 
3. Boot from the CD and run a Long Test with it.
 
    
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I have fixed this problem in the past in repair mode and i want to do the same with this, but, there is no filename at the end of the statement see below
Windows could not start because the following file is corrupt or missing
\windows\system32\config\system

Can this be fixed in repair mode without having to be reformated or reimaged.

All help appreciated
IBM r30 laptop
 

A:xp wont start missing or corrupt file

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

I use windows xp professional and had a friend assemble a computer for me. After a week the computer suddenly closed, and when I rebooted it had this error. I have looked for solutions over the internet, and I all of them involve using the recovery console to delete the old system file and replace it with a backup system file that was there when Windows was initially set up.

Problem is, when I load my XP setup CD and use recovery console, it asks me which windows installation I want to log on to. Since theres only 1, I type 1 enter but it freezes there. When I try to reinstall Windows XP , after I press F8 to accept the license, it says looking for other versions of windows and the screen just stays like that, for 30 plus minutes. I am sure the problems are related, but the fact remains that I cant reformat my hard drive from the Win xp setup cd or even use the recovery console, or even access safe mode and the last known working registry option doesnt work.

The hard drive is only a week old, and it worked fine until now, so I doubt it could be the problem. What do you think I should do? I was thinking that if I could access MS DOS from boot, I could delete the old system file and replace it with the backup just as the recovery console would do. To access DOS would a boot 1.44 disk made from the format disk option work? I read that a Win 95 or 98 setup cd would get... Read more

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

Have you tried this method? It leaves your personal files intact.

Perform a Repair Installation
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/tips/doug92.mspx

There's also Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset(30 day evaluation)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...69-0554-4595-8ab4-c34b2860e087&DisplayLang=en
Here's how to perform a clean install:
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps

http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

http://www.cyberwalker.com/article/454/45#reinstallxp

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941
 

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Hello everyone,
Alright, I wouldn't normally post this in a new thread, but it is a problem that is "solved" but has become a consistent problem on the same computer.

I built a new computer and installed windows XP Pro on it. Here are the specs:
ASARock 939Dual-SATA2 MB
AMD Athlon64 3500+ CPU
WesterDigital 7200 WD800JD 80Gb HDD
Aspire ATX-AS520W PSU
NEC ND-3550A Drive
1Gig Corsair DDR-400 Ram

It worked fine for a few days, then I got this blue screen that said I have a system error and that I am missing a file or it is corrupt c:\windows\system32\config\system.

Now, this was fine because I thought I knew the answer to this problem, which is incidentally the answer to another recent problem posted on this board, it can be found here:
http://www.digitalwebcast.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=8658-0

I performed the operation, and again, it was all well and good for a few days.
Then I got the same problem again. I used the same solution to make a fix.
Then it happened again.

So, my question is what's the problem? Do I have a hardware problem? I even used two different WinXp install discs to solve this problem on different occasions since I only needed the recovery console and I thought that the original disc might have become damaged or something...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 

A:Missing or corrupt file preventing windows start up.

UPDATE:
I just checked and all the BIOS settings are solid.
At this point I can't get the computer to boot at all. It's gone from completely fine to, could boot to windows but would periodically restart and then blue screen, to starts up in blue screen, to black screen after the POST.
So the POST that I get is fine, but then it's just a black screen forever.

I tried entering setup using the WinXP installation CD with the intention to run a repair installation, and where before I was able to use the repair console to try the fix that I mentioned, I can no longer get into setup. It just hangs at the "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration" that comes right after the prompt to boot to CD.

This is getting worse and worse and my workable options have sort or run out so anything you can help with would be great!
 

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I have followed the step 1 procedure in this article

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

and my system came back to it previous location when it was damaged and its working okay now

do i need to follow other steps too ..or i can stop here at this point ??
thanks

A:[SOLVED] Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt

If it's completely operational now, you don't need to do anything else.

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Hi everyone,

I had a little look around but couldn't find a problem like mine. As many others have experienced, I am getting the following error message on XP:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
System32\Drives\Ntfs.sys
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-Rom"

However, the problem is that my disc drive is broken, and I don't even have the disc anyway (misplaced it when moving house). I spoke to a friend and he said if I downloaded the disc and put it on a USB stick then put Flash Drive above Disc Drive in the booting priority then that might work.

How do I do this though? Where can I download the XP setup disc? Is this legal? Does it need to be an .iso or what? Or is there any other way to solve this problem?

Please note that I am not a computer whizz so please try to explain things simply to me!

If the worst comes to the worst I'll have to take it to a repair shop but I'm a penniless student so really hope it doesn't come down to that!

One last question, will I be able to recover my files or are they all gone?

Many thanks for any help,
Ruaraidh

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

Downloading a copy of the setup disc would be illegal.

Without having a CD drive and a XP install disc, there isn't much you can do to replace the file.

You could take out the hard drive and plug it into another computer as a slave drive and then replace the ntfs.sys file. You would need to find a copy of that file though. If your friend has a copy of the install disc, you could borrow it and copy the file from there.

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I believe Windows XP is on system

I get this:
Windows can't start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\windows\system32\config\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows set up using the original cd-rom

Select R at the first screen t start repair.


This computer did not come with disks....

Please advise - this is a "work" computer" not personal. Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Missing/corrupt file - computer won't start up

Hi
First you are going to need the Windows XP CD. If you do not have one you can download the Windows XP recovery Console ISO from here.
Write it to CD using a program like ImgBurn.
Once written to CD, boot your PC with the CD.
On the first screen press "r" to enter the recovery console (3rd option).
When asked which Windows you want to log in to type in the number that corresponds to the correct installation (Usually "1")
Enter the Administrator password (if asked) else just press enter if you do not have one.
Then at the command prompt type

Code:
chkdsk c: /r
and enter.
Allow chkdsk to run.
Restart the PC once done.

For a more detailed document (with screen shots) on how to enter the recovery console see How to Enter Windows XP Recovery Console

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Hi all!! My daughter let a friend on her computer over the weekend and when she turned it on this morning she got a blank screen with the following message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
<Windows toot>\system32\hal.dll

I tried putting the winxp installation disk as well as a boot disk but just keep getting the same message. I have access to the internet on another computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Solved: Windows Won't Start Cause Of Missing Or Corrupt Dll File

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Hey guys,

I've got a Sony Vaio VGN laptop, when I started it this morning I got the
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

I know this means there is a problem with the registry so I carried out some searches and landed across several threads and solutions. However my problem now is that I don't have the windows xp setup/installation disk and all those solutions require it. I had a set of cds but it turns out they won't work on my laptop because they're for a different version.

I also need to keep all the files and programs on the computer. So what I need is a solution that won't delete anything from the laptop.

P.S I was going to try out the first solution on this thread (which links to the Microsoft website), does anyone know if this will work and keep all the files?

Cheers in advanced guys

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

Try and borrow an XP CD (must be same version as your installation) as some repairs are just not possible without one. Borrowing one for repairing an installation is quite legal.

Follow the procedures here:

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

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I have os's. Win 7 on C and Win xp on D. It is a dual boot.

Until today Win7 was on a PATA drive This was my C drive. I switched it to a SATA2. I backed up all my info with Norton Ghost 15 before I did it. The Win7 drive restored fine. Its a bit slow but otherwise fine.

But I can't boot to the XP drive at all. I tried to restore it too. I got his error:

Windows Could not Start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

<Windows Root>\System32\Hall.dll
Please reinstall the copy of the above file.

How do I fix this without having to reinstall my entire operating system?
 

A:Windows Could not Start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Hall.dll

It's actually hal.dll and it's a common issue. Google would show you thousands of hits.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477
 

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I'm getting the:
windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\windows\system32\config\system
...message
came out of nowhere, actually throughout the day i kept getting various messages for multiple programs saying they had to close for one reason or another as well as various messages from programs saying(out of the blue) they were all of a sudden missing files, making a couple of the programs inoperable.
i restarted the computer after getting all these messages and thats when the problem started. bad part is im still getting the message after 2 os reinstalls.
what do you think the problem is?
background on the machine:
its a 9-10 y/o compaq presario s3000nx. all parts swapped out over time except the hard drive & the power supply.
any help is much appreciated. thanks
ps. i tried windows soulution for this problem, if you're familiar, the first couple things they say to copy wont copy for me with the recovery console. and the option to repair the other way isn't there. i coulda sworn it was before though *shrugs*

A:windows wont start - file missing/corrupt

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When the  FileHippo website opens, click on Download latest version in the upper left pane.
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 

 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 

 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 

 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.
 
 

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:
 
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
 
 Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, copy it and paste it in your next post.
 

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Toshiba Satellite laptop won't boot; produces above error message. I have found some threads which discuss this as a corrupted registry problem, but need some help with my situation.

I do not have an XP CD to run XP Recovery Console. Toshiba says they do not provide an XP CD or the Recovery Console.

I can mount the laptop hard drive on my desktop with a USB converter; the laptop C drive is available. (I'm now backup up the other laptop HD partitions to the desktop HD.)

Question: can I make the registry changes in the laptop C: partition from my desktop PC?
Do I have the appropriate files to re-build the registry if I do not have an XP CD?

Thanks

Ray
 

A:could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\C

How To Recover From A Corrupted Registry That Prevents XP From Starting

If you do not have the ability to boot to the Recovery Console in order to carry out these steps, make your own RC CD.

An ISO image that will create a bootable CD containing the Recovery Console is available here:

After entering the Recovery Console, use the command "map" to see what drive letters have been assigned to which partitions. Many of them may not be the same as those that you assigned in XP.

If you don't have burning software installed, or don't know how to burn images, try this small, standalone burning program that can burn files and folders as well as ISO images: Micro Burner. To burn an ISO, use the 3rd button, "Burn ISO file".
 

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\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 sceen to start repair."

This is what I get everytime I try to start my computer =/. If anyone could offer advice I'd be very greatful! I've found this which explains a recovery process:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307545

But I have neither the original CD-ROM or floppy disk reader for it. Help?
 

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

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ok...No stupid questions....right?
I know exactly how to fix the problem if it can be fixed.
Its just I need the windows XP CD
And I'm not sure I have it
What does it look like?(YES I AM SERIOUS,i don't know what it looks like)
How do you start it if Windows itself won't start up?
And if I lost it or I just don't have where
Can I get a new one or is it specific to a model or whatever?
I feel like an idiot because I who know nothing about computers, was trying to put on some anti-virus software and then what do you know I made the problem worse
 

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I am trying fix my computer, it will not boot becuase I assuming some files got deleted. The message I get is "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.
I tried fixing it the way microsoft shows at their support site but it didnt work. I kept getting an error back saying file or folder does not exist. The hard drive does have a recovery partition on it but I dont know how to recover it without being able to boot. I tried to copy the system32 directory of the recovery partition to the windows partition in the recovery console but it wouldnt let me.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
 

A:Windows could not start becuase the following file is missing or corrupt(need help)

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When I turn my computer on, I get the message;

"Window could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\sysytem32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file."

The computer was bought with windows XP loaded and no discs were supplied so I cannot re-install windows in this way. Is there anything I can do?
 

A:"Window could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

you should look with the store you bought your computer for a windows xp media and try a repair!
normally if you have a legal copie and a valid windows xp licence they must provide you a windowsxp cd or restore cd.
you should ask for a media first, else we cant go much further to solve your issue
 

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Hi techguys, yall have been great help but I might be in doo-doo this time...

Well, I woke up this morning to turn on my computer, and I got an error like this. "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system. You can try repairing by using the original windows xp setup cd, press r on the first screen..."

Well, after scrounging for the xp cd, I put it in and booted from the cd, tried to do a repair install, but the repair option was not available. I could only install another copy of xp (onto the current copy) which I didn't want to do if it means that all my data is lost (I really don't want to lose them again!).

I exited and googled up on why repair was not an option (I'm using my laptop btw), and some random dude told another guy with a similar problem to do chkdsk and bootcfg in recovery console.

I went into recovery console and kind of played around with bootcfg, and I used the /rebuild function thinking it was repair, and then it asked me to type something and I was confused, so i entered "n" (for no). Well, basically now when I restart I have the option of booting up "Xp Home Edition" or "n", both of which lead to the missing file message, but how did I make two windows? And can I get rid of this "n" windows I made?

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I have a serious problem with my computer Gateway 710. After my computer was shut down, upon restarting a message popped up stating......
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
WINNT\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.

I don't have a problem using the recovery cd, all installed software or programs can be reinstalled. My main concern is...Will my pictures be loss? I have no way to back up my pictures and if they are deleted during the repair process, I will loose everything.

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!

Thanks Tena
 

A:Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINNT\SYSTE

Usually XP repairs do not delete any files they just replace damaged ones.

I would suggest you consult Gateway.
 

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Whenever I power up my computer, my computer displays this screen:

I do not have the Recovery Disc for Windows XP, but I think there ought to be an alternative method in recovery. If there is, would any of you be willing to guide me though the process?

Thanks.
 

A:Error Message: Windows Could Not Start Because of Missing or Corrupt File

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when starting computer message comes up saying that windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system. it then says to attempt to repair file by starting windows setup using original setup cd-rom. i found windows xp service pack2 cd-rom andput that in nothing happened. i have presed f10 on startup to try and repair or set to earlier date but it says that corruption on windows is too extensive to perform restore option. it is a mesh computer. HELP

A:[SOLVED] message windows could not start because file is missing or corrupt

Yes, your registry is corrupted. Although I don't understand what you mean about Windows saying damage is too extensive. Anyway, following the instructions below carefully will get your computer working again. Its a lot of typing but it works. I've done it lots of times.

How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

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Hey there I've been having a few problems with my computer recently. My computer has been regulary crashing. However it always booted. But recently my computer has to decided it won't boot at all. I have a feeling that my computer may have been shutdown incorrectly and thus the problem may not be linked to the random crashes which I believe to be the result of installing a new graphics card. However I cannot be sure of this. One thing I am sure of though is that I cannot do anything unless I can boot my computer. I've already posted on the possible graphics card issue here on this forum and made mention of this boot issue there, however I've now linked the no boot issue here, since it may be a seperate problem. The problem began when I started my computer this morning and got the following message.Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\windows\system32\config\systemYou can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CDROMSelect 'r' at the first screen to start repair.Only problem is I don't have my original setup CDROM. I wasn't given an XP disk. I have looked at various sites and have found that it is possible to make XP floppies. I have a friend who has a disk for upgrading Win98 to XP but I have a feeling this disk won't be of any use. If I have to use floppies will the repair process be made more difficult.I have also noticed various methods to res... Read more

A:Refusing To Boot: Windows Could Not Start Because The Following File Is Missing Or Corrupt:

Does nobody know???

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does any1 know what this is and what is does. It appears when I start up and does not allow my computer to start.
 

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Hi Techguys!

I have browsed for the answer to my question on a number of sites, but think a tailor made answer would be best so I don't do more harm than good
I turned my Toshiba laptop on earlier and the "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" page came up.
I haven't got the Windows XP cd that is needed to repair the problem as my laptop came with XP Media Center preloaded. I just have the Toshiba Product Recovery cd but obviously that will restore the laptop to factory settings, which I want to avoid doing at all cost because I have important family photos saved on the laptop. Please could you tell me how I can sort this out?

Many thanks in Advance
 

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I have a Windows Vista home premium pc try to boot up and state "Windows failed to load because a required file is missing or corrupt." File: ntoskrnl.exe Status:0xc0000098. Had previoulsy installed XP on it. Would like to just keep Vista. When I tried to insert Vista OP SYS disk, to get to repair, nothing happens. Any help would be great.
 

A:Solved: Windows won't start, ntoskrnl.exe file corrupt or missing

Hi try the solutions here http://www.techsupportforum.com/mic...krnl-exe-missing-after-vista-sp1-install.html
 

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Hi, i tried microsofts suggestion of renaming it to ntfs.old, then recopying it from the "disk" to c:\windows\system32\drivers.

recovery console came installed on my computer, so i did
"copy d:\i386\ntfs.sys c:\windows\system32\drivers"
it copied it back into it, so when i checked "dir c:\windows\system32\drivers" both "ntfs.old" and "ntfs.sys" were there.

i typed exit and my pc rebooted and i had the same ERROR.
my pc is a compaq presario s6500nx
before having this error i had the same error except instead of SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\NTFS.SYS it was SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ISAPNP.SYS

i fixed that error the same way and it worked, so i am confused
as soon as i fixed the ISAPNP.SYS, i rebooted and the new error came up.

I have been locked out of my pc since Friday!! PLEASE HELP! cannot enter windows, even in safe mode. or last known good

sorry for the length of post
P.S. ran chkdsk /r already

THanks in advance!

A:"windows Could Not Start Because The Following File Is Missing Or Corrupt: System32\drivers\ntfs.sys" Please...

Hi, duncod2, welcome to BC!Try performing a Repair Install of Windows XP. This will reinstall Windows without erasing any of your data. You will, however, need to reinstall most programs.

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Hi I'm new to these forums and recently a family member has brought me an IBM laptop that refuses to boot up. When I press the power button the message "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. Selecrt 'r' at the first screen to start repair."

If you could help it would be greatly appreciated.

A:Ibm Laptop Refuses To Start. Shows Error Message About A Corrupt File.

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM. Selecrt 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

Thats what you have to do.

You have to be brave, shove in the disk, press the r for repair (not the R for recovery console) You will need you XP key and it will install XP again, replacing the files that are damaged.

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A friend of mine's computer won't start due to a system32 file corruption problem. She gets an error message reading "...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." She doesn't have the original setup CD-ROM and when she selects R nothing happens. If she tries to start in safe mode the same thing happens. She can't get online to access Compaq online tech support and phone tech support would cost her $40+. Any suggestions?

A:[SOLVED] computer won't start due to corrupt file: \windows\system32\config\system

If she does not have a Windows XP cd (must be the same version she has installed; e.g. home or professional) then she will need to locate one. There are important files missing and the only way to get them back is with a windows cd.

Compaq should have sent a reinstall cd with the pc originally and would probably send a replacement if he old ones were misplaced.

Selecting 'R' will only work with the cd, and even then it will only load a recovery console.

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Hello, i am running to a big concern on my computer. when i turn on the machine on the login screen it sort of tries to login, but since it has a password it fails. then when i login it tries to open an unknown file. am i infected or is it a problem with the OS configuration ?
 
PD.: I hope the post belongs here, since im running windows 7.
This file i found it "C:\Users"

I just did a search of the file, and this is where i found it. I opened on the note pad and it had nothing written in it.
 
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A:Startup failure and auto start an unknown file

It's not clear from your post...is the computer usable?

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Hello,
I bought A dell XPS 710, roughly mid September 2007. The pc was for me and college work. As i lived away from family during college terms the pc stayed with me until summer time. On saturday the pc was put into the back seat of the car with car belt + other items pinning it to the seat beside me.

When i got home i insured i got the pc to my room safely yet when i started the pc i got Windows cannot start as there is a file missing or corrupt (press R to repair)
WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

i put in the OS cd given by Dell with the pc purchase and attempted to Repair and attempt a reinstall of the OS the missing or corrupt file when i get a blue screen of death including
BAD POOL CALLER
*** Stop: 0X000000C2(0X00000043X, 0XCA514000,0X00000000, 0X00000000)

i attempted also to make boot to cd this priority for booting, yet decided to change it back to old since there was no point.

I am hoping someone here can offer me assistance, oh yes also! (i took the HD, put it into this pc as a slave, copied the important files to an external in the hope that i could reinstall windows.

At this stage i am stumped, i think the HD may have been damaged from excessive vibrations caused by the pot holes(trenches) that existed on the journey. Irregardless i would appreciate the assistance.
 

A:Windows cannot start, file missing or corrupt windows\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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My laptop's system got corrupted.

Error:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: /window/system (something like this)"

Solution I have used:
I got my laptop's hard drive and bought a Hard Drive Enclosure. I connected it to my desktop and found the files.

Next Problem:
The files i found seen to be fragment files in the form of (name).chk. The .chk files can have their extension be change. But this method willl take a long time. There are some programs out there that check what extensions this guys have - like filechk and unchk3.

But i want to recover my files properly. So i want to fix my system, is it possible that i can fix my slave drive's system?

(I already did saw a tutorial saying I shud make my hidden files into unhidden. I'm supposed to find the 'windows>system32>windows and replace it, but I failed because I couldn't find that folder.)

A:Slave Drive - "Windows could not start because the following file is missing/corrupt"

I'd like to know exactly what the error message you're seeing is.

From what I can tell, I doubt the .chk files are related, because .chk files have to do with the CHKDSK utility. When you run CHKDSK and it cleans the disk, it rewrites the damaged files with a .chk extension.

A lot of the time, when you have a "file is missing or corrupt" error, you can copy that file from a working PC onto a removable media like a flash drive or external hard drive. Then you can copy the file from the external to it's proper location on your PC. Also try opening a command prompt and typing the following command:

sfc /scannow

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Alright, here is my story.My computer randomly gave me this message, it has been a few weeks and I don't remember what exactly happened before I got the message.Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMI have tried many times to fix this problem, having tried many different methods and have even gotten my computer to stop giving me the message; but other problems soon came afterword. I will explain this later.Let me also point out that I have made a recovery disc, and DO NOT have an original XP disc to use. The disc gets me into the Recovery Console Tool, so I am not sure if this is that big of a deal. And let it also be known I have very little knowledge of the Recovery Console Tool or any other type of MS-DOS or DOS-looking codes/commands or whatever.Let me first start with what I have already tried, and tell you what problems came from trying that particular thing.First AttemptI went to the obvious at the beginning looking around hoping this would be an easy fix. I found a guide on Microsoft's website where I followed some instructions.http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;307545The problem here was simple. I would type a "copy" command and there would be an error saying it cannot find the file to copy.Second AttemptI found this in another thread posted on the internet and decided to try it out.http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htmI did this the f... Read more

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

From the recovery console try typing CHKDSK /R... notice the space between K and /R...see if that helps will some of your problem.

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hey my computer gets this
Windows will 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

and i tried and reinstall windows xp home edition sp2 but it says that i cant due to the fact that the file
hal.dll is missing and i dont know what to do please help

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If you can get on a friends computer build the UBCD4Win this will give you full read/write access to your hdd.Copy the needed files across from the original install media into the system32 folder.Then do the following from the ubcd4win CD:Go -> Programs -> System Tools -> Check DiskType C if this is your partition containing the operating system, adjust according if these files are on a different partition ie D, E etc....Do you want to fix errors .....:Enter YStart check disk?Enter YThen defrag the Hard Drive with Dirms.Go -> Command promptThen type the followingdirms C -qThis will defrag the hard drive, once completed reboot.Your system should now boot.If this still doesn't work you will need to do a repair installation of XP.This should fix the problem.

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OS - XP Pro Retail SP2 (disk is OK)Hardware-Sata disk-GA-MA69VM-S2 Gigabyte motherboardIssue:XP doesn't install on the motherboard. Got it to work when I made the Floppy disk with the drivers on another PC that worked and set XP to use those SATA/RAID driversCrashes about 30% throughManaged to install XP Pro on the disk on a different PC, and swapped the SATA hard drive back into the original system. XP bootsProblem is I still need to install the drivers for the integrated video, and pretty much everything else on the motherboard except the SATA controllerI run the included Gigabyte series, it appears to work fine, however after installing the South Bridge chipset and restarting, I get the Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM errorFIXMBR, FIXBOOT an repairing the boot ini all failsso does:http://swatrant.blogspot.com/2005/11/windo...because_17.htmland microsoft's more "full" way of the above.Actually to clarify: The latter link does get XP back into a functional state, but without the required drivers.

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This error means that Windows was not able to load the \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM registry hive. It does this early in the boot process in order to initialize many Windows functions (the rest of the registry loads much later in the boot process).The reasons for this are many, but the clue here (IMO) is that you installed the OS on another system. Windows has setup that disk to use the hardware in the other system - and it's balking at all the hardware changes that it sees (along with the different security descriptors that are generated in each system). This is likely to be the cause of the failure to load the registry hive error that you mention.The best thing to do (again IMO) is to put the disk back in the system that you installed it on and boot it up. Then uninstall all the hardware devices (other than the motherboard and CPU) that you can. DO NOT RESTART!!! Once everything is uninstalled, shutdown the system and then remove the hard drive.Put the hard drive in the new system and boot directly to the CD with the XP installation files on it (ensure that you do not boot to the hard drive as this will start the process that we're trying to avoid) and perform a repair install ( http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm ) Presuming that there are no hardware issues, this will enable the new system to boot successfully.More info here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

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I am getting the above error when I try to boot my computer. I have tried pressing f8 and trying other boot options, like safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration, etc, but every choice lands me back at the error message. When I put in the windows xp cd, and choose the install option, it does not give an option to repair an existing installation, just to install fresh, and if I pick that, I just have options to reformat, or install without reformatting, no repair option. If I go back and pick the option to go to the recovery console, it asks me for the administrator password. I do not have one set. If I leave it blank and press enter, it tells me my password is incorrect. When I press f2 and check my bios security options, it says I do not have an admin password set. But, recovery console will not recognize this, and keeps demanding a password. I do not have another pc (just a mac) to download any file or program to help. Does anyone have any suggestions so that I do not have to lose all my files and pics that are not backed up?

A:Windows could not start because of corrupt file <windows root>\system 32\hall.dll

Hi and welcome to TSF please see the info here Repair Windows XP by Performing a Repair Install (Part 1 of 2) read through the whole thing and see if it can help

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Hey, my computer had crashed on me a bit ago, bsod, didn't read the message and just restarted. Couple things I noticed on the startup:

1) When it got to the RAID loading screen (Via Raid), it showed my hard drives, but it said "None Raid" and "None define"......
2) Later, it stopped starting up and showed this messge:
WINDOWS COULD NOT START BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING FILE IS MISSING OR CORRUPT = windows\system32\config\system. You can solve this problem by trying to repair windows. something something insert windows CD and press R for recovery console. (not 100% retyped correctly)

My related hardware is:
Motherboard = MSI k8N Neo
Hard Drives = Two Maxtor 250 GBs, 8 MB cache

They were installed in a RAID 0 configuration using the Via Raid controller. When I put in my XP CD, the 'recovery' console brought me back to DOS. So I went to my C: and checked my directories. Nothing was there. It was totally empty. BUT my "free space" was 60 GB, which it was before my computer crashed. So hopefully all my data is safe . I've read some solutions where you go into windows directory and delete some files, but I tried going into it and my computer says no such directory exists. Help?
 

A:Error on start up. "File is missing or corrupt"

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Hello! People seem to have lots of problems with winxp and I couldn't check all the threads before posting. My problem might have been posted before. In this case forgive me for filling your servers.

The problem appeared in several programs such as Nero 5.5.something, Reason (program for making music), Tag&Rename, WinFrotz (a program for playing IF games) and a few others I have used.
I installed them and had no problem while using them. However a few days later when I tried to run the program I got an error like:

"File corrupted"
"Nero's executable file has been modified. Your computer might have been infected by a virus bla bla...".
"Fatal startup error: [full path of file] is corrupted and needs to be re-installed"

Pointless to say, the program didn't start.
Well, since I don't have a virus (there are no others symptoms that I might have one apart from the "usual" windows bugs) I wonder who modified these files.
In the period before the bug appeared I didn't do any big changes in windows like updating or installing lots of new software. Actually, with nero the error sometimes appeared even in a few hours after installation. Of course, when I reinstalled it, it worked but again it was a matter of time before the error appeared.
I am using SP1 (why do they call it service pack anyway?) if that helps.

Any answer would be highly appreciated. Thank you!
Dimitris

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A:"File corrupt" error when programs start

Try booting to safe mode and do system restore or Last Known Good Configuration. You probably have spyware which reconfigures components in your system. If you are able to boot to either safe mode or the normal desktop click start go to run type msconfig go to the startup tab hit disable all or uncheck everything except your antivirus components. This will disable spyware that activates on startup.
Download CounterSpy fro www.sunbeltscan.com to resolve your spyware issue
(this might not be the direct answer or solution to your problem but at least you have an option! )

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WINDOWS\SYSTEMS32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

Getting this message when I try to start the compute (not the one I am using now)
It is a Gateway Laptop with Win XP Prof.
It was working fine until this morning when I was using it and it just went off, I was using it with the battery only (not plugged in) and believe the battery went dead.
When I tried to start it back up the page that says start windows normally and safe mode came up with that error message, it would not start normally, tried safe mode and it would not work either.
It did this about a week ago also but when I clicked start windows normally, it went off and then started right.
I read somewhere on the internet that it could mess up the registry and need to use the original setup cd-rom which I DO NOT HAVE.
Any way to fix it??????

Deb123
 

A:Windows could not start because the following file is mess or corrupt: Windows/System

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I was merrily typing my articles for Monday's newspaper deadline -- when everything locked up. This has happened before lately with Word documents. And I've always been able to reboot. Today to my horror comes the black screen with the above message and \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32|CONFIG\SYSTEM

Rebooted 10X and tried to reinstall with an XP Pro Resintallation CD. But I'm working with dead air.

Hope someone of you can help me as you've so graciously done in the past.
thank you!
 

A:Can't start Windows XP due to "missing or corrupt file"

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Motherboard: MSI 865G Neo2-Pls
Processor: P4 2.4B 533 512k
RAM: Kingston PC3200 ddram 256mb x2 (512)
HD: Maxtor 80gb 6Y080MO
PS: Generic 350W Antec Case ps
OS: Windows XP professional

This computer was working fine until one day when I turned it on, it passed the regular fireup screen normally and instead of going right to the Windows XP loading screen as normal, it just stayed black for about a minute. After about a minute, it gave the following error:

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

/windows/system32/config/system

I have kept virus protection, spyware protection and other necessary safeguards kept up on this computer. I went ahead and reinstalled XP fresh. 3 days later, after not doing anything online at all (and hardly anything otherwise), I tried starting the computer and it refused to start, giving me the same error as above. I figure if it did the exact same thing after a fresh reinstall, another reinstall won't do any good.

Any idea what could possibly be causing this?
 

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

Here is a solution
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htm

However the continued occurrence is a concern, and could point to a hard drive problem or a RAM problem as an example.
If the hard drive shuts off to early in the shutdown process, as an example, this can cause the registry to be corrupted. That would usually be a fault within the drive, more than within Windows.
 

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Hi there. I just turned my computer on this week, and I got the message

"Windows Cannot Start because a file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\System32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file."

The last time I turned on my computer was a week ago. Do you think my hard drive is broken or something? Do i need a new computer? How do I reinstall the file? I went to a friends house recently and they freed up some space for me. They said they deleted the "window" folder or something. Do you thing that the "window" folder is important? I haven't gone into the window folder before, so I guess it is just junk files.

I am a beginner at computers, so I don't know much. Any help appreciated!
 

A:"Windows Cannot Start because a file is missing or corrupt"

Hi, deleting files without care can result in Windows files being removed, as may have happened above.

Do you have the original Xp install Cd?
Boot from the Xp Cd. - when prompted press [R]
Choose Windows installation [typically by pressing [1]
When prompted for password.
Press Enter.
Type chkdsk /r
[note space after chkdsk]

When fininshed.
Type Exit
And press Enter.

The Bios needs to be set to boot [Start] from the Cd - it may already be set to do so.
http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
How to boot from a Cd.
http://techpaul.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/how-to-boot-from-a-cd/
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If the above does not work - now would be the time to try and back up any needed data and files.
How to use Linux live Cd to backup files from a dead Pc
 

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Hello, this is my first post here.
The problem is that when i want to start my PC, i get this error:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

It`s say, imput original windows xp CD, and click "r" to repair.

I tried that, but got this error:

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are pwered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program"

Please help me :(
Thank you

P.S i dont have floppy


I need any way, to get to recovery console and that hdd would be active, i dont know why that happened :(
Help me

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

If Windows is having trouble finding your hard disk (as opposed to the/a system file) there's a good chance you've got a bad HD, or it's going to fail soon.

Boot to Windows Recovery Console by using the XP Cd-Rom, and from there run the following:

"fixboot"
"fixmbr" and
"chkdsk"

If running these does not solve the problem, you may need to acquire the diagnostic utility for your particular HD (provided by the manufacturer) and run it to try to repair it.

Also, check in BIOS if the HD is being listed as being installed there.

Has there been any work done on this machine recently, or any other "event" such as thunderstorm/lightning strike, power outage or malware infection ?

How old is the HD ?

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got this from Windows support web site

computer won't boot- i didn't want to just reinstall for fear of losing all of the data on the hdd. I'm yet to try this-- though i hope it works.
Hope this helps anyone else with similar probs-

SUMMARY
This article describes how to recover a Windows XP system that does not start because of corruption in the registry. This procedure does not guarantee full recovery of the system to a previous state; however, you should be able to recover data when you use this procedure.

Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article if your computer has an OEM-installed operating system. The system hive on OEM installations creates passwords and user accounts that did not exist previously. If you use the procedure that is described in this article, you may not be able to log back into the recovery console to restore the original registry hives.

You can repair a corrupted registry in Windows XP. Corrupted registry files can cause a variety of different error messages. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base for articles about error messages that are related to registry issues.

This article assumes that typical recovery methods have failed and access to the system is not available except by using Recovery Console. If an Automatic System Recovery (ASR) backup exists, it is the preferred method for recovery. Microsoft recommends that you use the ASR backup before you try the procedure described in this article.

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A:Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS

Pardon my "hopping" on to this thread but I also have this problem or the symptom of it. My daugther's Dell Inspiron 8200 was online when her house power failed. When she tried to restart it she got the BSOD and Registry File Failed message as described in this thread. My question is can I use a recovery CD (XP Home) from a non-Dell PC to try and get into the Recovery Console to run chkdsk to see if her HDD is corrupted/damaged? If yes, is there any chance that chkdsk would "fix" the problem so the Dell will reboot to XP? SHe cannot find her Dell Operating System Recovery CD which presents me with this dilema. Appreciate any knowledgeable advise.
 

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

as it implies above....what can i do. i cant boot into any mode of windows, i have no way of getting into recovery console, since i dont have a disk handy. i do have hirens boot cd, bout it....ummm....any ideas guys. i have no idea where to begin

A:Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS

I would start with running diagnostics on the hard drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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cannot start my computer because of missing or corrupt file windows system 32 I tried to repair by starting windows using the orginal cd-rom but the cd-rom won't start when I put it in. now it says on the screen diskette drive 0 seek failure. strike the f1 key to contonue f2 to run the set up utility.
 

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

Is there a floppy disk in the drive? Is there a drive boot menu option to select the CD-ROM drive?

Can you go into the BIOS and change the boot order so the machine boots from the CD?
 

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Hi,

Hope someone will be able to assist me.....

i keep getting following error when i boot up my PC "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll"

I have read many forums but i haven't come across a resolution to my issue.

i have tried to boot to the recovery console via the xp home disc but my pc blue screens once i try to load the recovery console.

I have tried to perform a clean install but when it gets to the 1st set of options it blue screens

I seem to be hitting a brick wall with this one.

please can someone help me
 

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