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Windows 10 Boot Config Data Missing, Error 0xc000014c

Q: Windows 10 Boot Config Data Missing, Error 0xc000014c

Four days ago I decided I needed to backup my computer so I downloaded easeus todo backup free and let it work. While it was backing up I did some general spring cleaning, ran disk cleanup, got rid of old downloads. Then randomly my computer crashed, restarted up to a blue screen saying:

Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors.
Error code: 0xc000014c

I can no longer boot into windows.

I didn't create a recovery tool but I used my bootcamped macbook and windows media creation tool to put a windows 10 installer on a usb. I've been trying to use the repair options within the installer but nothing has worked so far:

- Start up repair doesn't work, get the message "startup repair couldn't repair your PC"

- I've also tried a couple of things in command prompt, sfc /scannow, but it hasn't worked either, maybe I'm not doing it right I'm not sure.

I'm not sure what else I can do, some help would really be appreciated!

Also, I'm running windows 10, upgraded from windows 7, on a custom built computer.

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Hi need help

I just opened my notebook and it has come up with the recovery screen with the above error.

Can anyone help me out

A:NB10t-A Error code 0xc0000034 Boot Config Data file missing

Are you able to perform a repair procedure?

Please check this Toshiba document:

To access the System Restore, Refresh and Reset options using the F12 option at startup, perform the following:

1. If not already, ensure the computer is completely shut down.
2. Now restart the computer by pressing the power button - IMMEDIATELY start tapping the F12 key on the keyboard until the "Boot Menu" screen appears.
3. Using the arrow keys, select <HDD Recovery> and press "Enter".
4. On the next screen you are asked to confirm if you want to contiue with recovery. Select "Yes".
5. The computer will bring you to the Advanced startup screen.
6. Select Troubleshoot. Under Troubleshoot you will see “Refresh” and “Reset”.
7. Select “Advanced options.” Located here is "System Restore."

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I'm a complete noob at these kind of stuff
I have got the recovery page that loads up first

currently using windows 8.1 OS

Error Code: 0xc0000034

I dont have a recovery CD or USB
so im pretty stuck at what to do now

Currently using an Asus U32v
i5 2.5ghx
6gb Ram
500gb hd
Geforce gt 635m 2GB

A:Complete noob Windows 8 Boot Config Data file missing


Running "Startup Repair" using a system repair disc will fix the BCD in most cases. You need to find someone (friend/family) with a "Windows 8.1" system and create a system repair CD/USB to do the fix.

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

Boot from it and run the "Automatic repair".

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The battery on a 3-yr old HP Pavilion DV6-1362nr was getting weak and a friend suggested that I let it run all the way down. Second time through, when the computer shut off, I restarted and got a message screen, to wit:

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000d

Windows Boot Configuration Data File is missing required information
Put in your windows 7 diskette and press "Repair"

Well' all I have from HP are these recovery disks, and they don't offer a "repair" function. (BTW, an HP support tech said that if I did have the original disks (which these jacks at HP don't want to give you, that it would repair the problem). While I was doing all this, I noticed the machine was getting inordinately hot and the fan wasn't working. The HP tech said that it might not be running because of the corrupted software.

F8 doesn't work, so I can't go into safe mode to back up files I want to save
F9 allows me to go to recovery disk which offers System Recovery or System Restore. (FYI, without F9, this thing would be dead in the water. It won't do anything without my recovery disk.)

I restored to a critical update made just yesterday. It made no difference. Still get this message screen.

Get this! System recovery has a backup feature, but THEN says that there isn't enough room in the partition section to for a temp file to compress the files I want to save, meaning the backup function is totally useless. Way to go HP

2 HP techs s... Read more

A:Laptop won't boot, Windows Config Data File Missing Info

See if this is your problem, from Windows Seven Forum -In ypur case, since you can't boot, remove the Hard Drive and back it up to another computer, or wait for an Expert to help with a solution to your Booting problem -Thank You -

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I just got a new Windows 8.1 PC and it works fine. As a recovery precaution I made a Windows 8.1 recovery disk on a brand new PNY USB 2.0 flash thumb drive (32GB drive) using the Windows 8.1 Control Panel Advanced Recovery tools "Create a Recovery drive" selection. I also indicated to copy the recovery partition from the PC when making this (but I don't delete this partition on the PC). So I thought I would test this recovery drive to see if I can boot from it. I insert the USB flash drive into a USB 2.0 port on the PC and restart the PC. I hit F12 during the PC boot process and select this disk as the temporary boot disk and hit return. The PC then gives me an error message screen basically saying
"Boot Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer." If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors."

So I'm a little confused as to why the successfully just created recovery drive is giving me this error. I'll try another USB thumb drive to see if that makes a difference but I'm guessing it won't so thought I'd ask about this... Read more

A:Just created Windows 8.1 recovery disk (usb) gives Boot config data error

You are going to have to make the thumb drive bootable BEFORE you add any files to it... Try using these instructions:

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Today when I restarted my computer, the boot screen indicated that the Windows file 32 was missing or corrupt.

I used my recovery CD to "repair" the issue, and the warning indicated that no data would be erased. Well, that is partially true - folders on my C: drive are intact, as are all programs but...MS Office and my User settings (bookmarks, etc. but most importantly my Outlook pst file which contains 6 years of data!). It appears the User folder with my name is gone.

I knew something was wrong when the PC booted after the repair, and asked me to customize settings as if the PC were brand-new.

Any advice is most appreciated on how to recover my settings and e-mail data in Outlook and Outlook Express. I am running WinXP Media Center edition. Thank you.

A:Windows XP Boot/Recovery Error - Data Missing

Hello KCN77

What do you mean by a "Recovery" CD? Was is a proper XP installation CD?

Try looking in C:\Documents and Settings. Check out everything there.

Try searching for
****.pst and see if anything is found


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My  HP Envy sleekbook 4-1200eo came with windows 8.0 and was uppdated to 8.1 and later with windows 10 preview. All has been working ok until a month ago. Have been trying to boot again and managed to get as far as the final of installing windows 10. After that it says bcd error 0x0000034, need to contact supplier etc...Now I can only start and se the content of f1 and f2 keys ( ie computer installations and repectively diagnosticss test) but not enter the f9,f10 and f11 which contains the menues for rebooting. I cannot install w10 with a download from microsoft page, the computer just won´t recognize the memory stick. Nothing happens.Pls someone, help me out 

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My  HP Envy sleekbook 4-1200eo came with windows 8.0 and was uppdated to 8.1 and later with windows 10 preview. All has been working ok until a month ago. Have been trying to boot again and managed to get as far as the final of installing windows 10. After that it says bcd error 0x0000034, need to contact supplier etc...Now I can only start and se the content of f1 and f2 keys ( ie computer installations and repectively diagnosticss test) but not enter the f9,f10 and f11 which contains the menues for rebooting. I cannot install w10 with a download from microsoft page, the computer just won´t recognize the memory stick. Nothing happens.Pls someone, help me out 

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Hello, I've been using my computer (Vista ultimate 64bit) for awhile without problems until a few days ago. I noticed the harddrive was running hard and there were 3 processes that usually arn't running (WMI Provider Host). So I figured it was doing an update or something important so I let it run, a few minutes later we had a blackout and my surge protector didn't work. Booted back up to find it saying the following:

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000F
Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
It also says to use the install disk to use repair but it doesn't work. And on top of that the repair menu says "Operating system: Unknown on unknown local disk."
Is there any way to fix it without having to reinstalling windows?

P.S.- I'm pretty sure it also said something about a corrupt system registry but it's not showing that anymore.

A:Error attempting to read boot config Data

Update: I've read other threads about this and nothing they have done seem to work. I've tried running the following commands in the console and they don't work:
And they all are succesful except on rebuildBCD and it says the OS cannot be found even though in the list it shows C:/Windows as the first and only OS.

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Accidentally turned computer off mid update and this error I'd occurring, can't boot into anything. Using the recovery disk I can use the CMD but cannot use the automatic fix, as it says that it cannot find my installation. When using bootrec /scanos it comes up with 0 installations. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks guys!

A:Error 0xc000014c on boot

This may help:

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Whenever I try and boot windows, from either the HD or the official restore DVD OR a bootable USB drive I get the following error:

"An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. File: \boot\BCD status:0xc000014c"

What I don't understand is why it won't boot off the DVD or USB drive which, presumably, has different, hardwired (if you will) boot configurations.

Here's another weird aspect to this cluster-eff: the hard drive boots up perfectly fine on my other desktop.

Anyways, this problem is about as frustrating an issue I've expirenced with a Windows machine. (well, at least since the horror that was Vista plagued my machine)

Any help/advice would be appreciated greatly.

A:boot error 0xc000014c

Have you changed the settings in the BIOS to boot to the DVD drive before the hard drive?

Can you get into the advanced boot menu (F8)? Can you boot into safe mode with command prompt?

You say that the hard drive boots up perfectly fine on your other machine? I didn't think you could run Windows from one hard drive on two different machines??

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One Night I Was Shutting And The Battery Fell Out And Now When I Turn On My Laptop This Black Screen Come Up And Is Says:
Windows Boot manger
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer

2. Choose your language settings,and then click "Next".

3. Click "Repair your computer"

If you do not have this disc,contact your administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \windows\system32\config\system

Status: 0xc000014c

Info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.
I Have The Disc But My Dvd Drive Does Not Work Help!!!!! . One More Thing I Am New To Tech Support Guy Forums

A:Solved: System32/Config/System status 0xc000014c

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Hi guys,

I was working on a computer that needed a new power supply (that's another story), but anyway, I went ahead and replaced it and everything is fine. I reset the bios and now Windows 7 will not boot. I tried using a windows 7 home premium disk to boot up (f8 repair option is gone) and run some bootrec commands which found 2 installations (windows.old and windows) both of which I have added.

If I try to boot from the 'old' installation, it boots up but never logs in.

If I try to boot from the CORRECT installation, it says "windows failed to load because the nls data is missing, or corrupt".

I tried going into the bios and changed IDE to AHCI and vice versa, thinking maybe setting the bios to default settings threw it off, but i get the same issue. Any ideas?

A:NLS Data is missing boot error

Boot off of the Windows 7 disc and choose Repair Your Computer. If that fails, In the RE (Recovery Environment) you can choose System Restore. You also can choose Command Prompt
First determine what Drive the OS has been assigned by the RE

At command prompt (x: sources) type:-
bcdedit | find ?osdevice? (Must inc?) (press enter).

Now use the returned as the drive letter for OS assume C:

At the x sources type:- chkdsk c:/r (press enter), 5 stages of chkdsk will run.
can take awhile.

To run sfc/scannow
at the x: sources type:-
sfc/scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows (press enter)
sfc will run can take awhile
Last resort you can browse the windows.old and search for *.*nls files and copy them and paste them into C:\Windows\System32.

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Hey folks!

When I started my computer today, i was told it could not boot due to \windows\system32\config\system being missing or not working properly. It explained I could pop in my Windows XP cd to go to the repair thingy(don't actually know the name - my computer settings is in Danish, I hope you understand). And nothing happened and I was told to write EXIT to restart the computer and other than than a cmd promt where i could type commands. Due to not being that tech savy, i decided to get online and search around for a way around it, if it existed.

I read that others had the same problem and various other stuff how to solve it. Most popular the "copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config" and "chkdsk :c /r"

I hereafter tried the chkdsk c: /r method seeing as moving/copying things around with no idea what i was doing could be a bad idea.
It ran the CheckDisk test, and said some problems were fixed. But when i restarted the computer the problem was still there.

Now my question. Should I attempt the copy method, and is there anything special I should note? OR is there another way to do this. A windows install on top of my own? But I really don't wanna lose any data, as I have a lot of work on it.

Some details which might be important:
1. The XP disk I used to start the repair is not the XP disk used for installing the XP version i have on the computer. (I had a copy of XP, and then bought a new computer with XP al... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Cannot boot windows - \windows\system32\config\system missing or broken


With some help from my brother(who is a lot better at this than me) we tried the copy thing. Moved the old system file away, and brought in the system.bak from the repair folder, renamed it to system and rebooted.

Now it didn't say anything about the system file missing or being broken, but came up with the windows loading screen, then went to black and for a very bried moment came up with a blue screen with some text on it before it restarts.
I can't make out what it says on the blue screen because it is so very brief.

And now it just reboots over and over again. Have we done something completely wrong?

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Hi, My son's pc wont boot, say:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup sing only the original cd. seslect 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I have tried this with no luck and I have tried to start it in safe mode, nothing works.

Please help


A:Cannot boot windows - \windows\system32\config\system missing or broken

You have a corrupted registry use the following guide form microsoft. Link below:

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Does anyone no how to fix this? Yesterday I got a UAC Zero Access Virus and tried using windows repair disc to go back to a restore point. That just made everything worse and now I can't boot into windows at all. I have a multiboot PC (its set to just windows 8 and windows 7 right now, windows 7 being the biggest partition on the drive).
Your PC needs to be repaired
The boot configuration data for your pc is missing or contains errors.
Error code: 0xc000000f

A:The Boot Configuration Data For Your PC Is Missing or Contains Error

Can you boot into either of the two operating systems?

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I am running windows xp professional. I have two hard drives plugged into a PCI-IDECMD0680R-2 IDE Card, setup on RAID Mirrored set.

On boot up I get Drive Number: 0 HDS728080PLAT20 78533MB right below this it reads Drive Number: 2 HDS728080PLAT20 78533MB right below this it reads Set: 1 <0> (2) SiI Mirrored Set <PM> 78532MB

The next pop up text reads: Incomplete Raid set ! Please press F3 to enter Raid Utility.

If I do not hit F3 and let the computer continue to boot the next error message I get is Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system

Now let me tell you what I have done to try and diagnose this problem. I tried to run UBCD hard drive test on both drives while hooked up to the IDE card but the drives do not recognize. What i did next is unplugged the drives from the IDE card and plugged them into the main ide controller one at a time on the system board. Both drives recognize and hard drive test passed. Also the computer will boot into windows with no problems when the drives are plugged into the main IDE controller on the system board. So, I think my drives are good but I just need help getting raid set back up without loosing my data. Thanks and I look forward to any help!

A:On boot up Incomplete RAID Set - Missing or Corrupt Windows\System32\Config\System

hiya,go here could be

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When i boot my pc i always get an error that tells me that i miss of damaged the \windows\system32\config\system file/map and that i schould repair it with the windows cd.

At the first few times it worked after a reboot but now i always get that error.

I tried using the windows cd but i couldn't figure out how to repair something...

could anyone help me with this problem...
or do i have to reinstal windows...?

A:Startup error missing \windows\system32\config\system

set the bios to boot from cd first
boot from the windows cd
choose install
ignore the first repair option continue with install
when windows finds the previous installation
then repair
it will leave all of your files intact
if you have sp2 installed you will need a slipstreamed disk with sp2 intergrated into xp or you will not get the repair option
if you need to make a slipstreamed disk use nlite
simple to use virtually mouse clicks

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I went to boot up this morning and the screen with Bios and start up flashes and then I get the DOS screen that says it can't boot up and the error message is windows\system32\config\system. I have booted from the operating disc and am at the recovery console. Not sure to do from here. The screen says... C:WINDOWS>

A:error corrupt or missing windows\system32\config\system

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I know a version of this forum has been started on here, but everything I have read, it is being said that they need to use the OS disc and run the repair and all that. But this is a Netbook with no CDROM drive. USB and SDcard drives, that's all. Is it possible to repair this without the CD? Even the onscreen message is the same message everyone gets, "You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the Original Setup CD-ROM." But no drive to do this.
It is an ASUS Netbook
OS is XP

A:Boot issue on netbook, missing or corrupted file Windows\System32\Config\System

Do you have or can borrow an external DVD drive? Then go into the BIOS and change the order so that USB is first boot option. Samsung and Lite-on do USB powered DVD RW drives made to use with netbooks, no doubt they could see a market for them with the millions of netbooks being sold ! Then you need an OS disc of the type you are using, and you can try a repair.

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will not boot in safe mode or when I get to recovery console there is no choice to say which windows to log on to nothing shows. when i try a new install, it freezes at the Eula agreement. Had to use a xp home disk to get to recovery console but upgrade disk will do nothing. have read so many instructions and can get to each to a point, what do I do now?? I feel soooo stupid that I can not figure out what to do next. Your site is so easy to read and follow, but I can't get this other computer to act right. I am on the laptop which you helped to tweak and fix.

A:Hp Pavillion 6630 Won't Boot Corrupt Of Missing Windows\system32\config\system Files

Your registry has become corrupt

You need to replace your system hives
If these become edited or corrupt you cannot boot.

For the whole proceedure please post back and I will explain in detail


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This is the error message that my computer had:
Your PC/Device needs to be repaired
The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors
Error code: 0xc0000185
You'll need to use recovery tools. If you dont have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.
Press Esc for UEFI Firmware Settings"
I made a recovery drive and set the UEFI to a USB boot, and when I tried to boot it with a blank USB it didnt recognize it, but when I used the recovery usb it recognized it. I did that to check and see if it actually recognized the recovery data.
Now when I boot it just has the Lenovo screen and the swirling dots. it's been doing this for about a half hour. Is this normal or is there an issued with the hatdware?

A:Boot Configuration Data is missing, Error Code 0xc0000185

The Error code: 0xc0000185 is an I/O error.
This can be a hardware problem or a software problem.
So the first thing to do is to run diagnostics on the hard drive ( )

If you have difficulties booting to the disk/drive, post back and we'll see about changing some settings in the UEFI to allow the boot.
I'm working on a drive that will do this for you, but it's still in the testing phase (and it's a 700+ mB download).
If the drive is dead/dying, you may have problems trying to recover your data.
Do you have a recent backup?  If not, post back for suggestions on how to best backup your information.
FYI - if it is dying, then it's best not to use the drive at all until you've done the backup.
If the drive does die fully, then data recovery gets very expensive (up to $2000 (US)) if it's even possible.

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Hi everyone,

I have windows 8.1 and Lenovo y510. After upgrading from 8.0 to 8.1 a have several problems with my PC. Right now suddenly i cant start my PC.

I have BSOD
Your PC needs to be repaired.

The boot configuration data file is missing some required inforamtion.

Error Code:0x0000034
Need to use recovery tools on your instalation media. If you dont have any contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer.

ESC for UEFI firmware setting.

I try different setting in setting utilty (after pressing ESC) and nothing changed.

I dont have any USB or Disc with windows. (but i do have legal copy - it was already installed in my PC) so i cant use any of help with restoring pc from instalation media.

Do you have any idea what to do ?
Thank you very much. A need it pretty serious that pc because of school

A:Error 0x0000034 - Boot Configuration Data File is Missing

From the Repair CD/USB:
How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
From the manual for Lenovo G480.

Originally Posted by Lenovo

When the hard disk drive or solid state drive is replaced because of a failure, no
product recovery program is on the new drive. In this case, you must use the
Recovery Disc Set for the computer. Order the Recovery Disc Set and the drive at
the same time so that you can recover the new drive with the pre-installed
software when they arrive.

You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.

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Power blew out my computer twice in 1 min and when i tried to log on to windows i got that error msg on a dos screen. I am trying to repair from the cd by booting it up on startup but do not know how to repair this. Can anyone help??

A:Error msg at startup saying \Windows\System32\config\system is corrupt or missing...

I ran into this same problem a few weeks ago....Try this , Use your XP CD and Boot to the Recovery Console , once you are at a prompt type the following exactly without the quotes "copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system" them reboot ...Good Luck.

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I realize that this can normally be corrected with the Window CD, but my notebook has no CD drive. So far, I've used F12 for the boot utility and tried to restore setup configs thinking (not successfully) that would help. Now the messages are "no boot filename recieved" HELP!!!!!

A:\windows\system32\config\system file missing error with no CD drive

Press F12 at bootup go to the Boot Order make sure the HDD is the first boot device. If you do not have that option boot into Setup (Bios) usually pressing F2. find Boot Order and change the boot order for HDD first boot device. If that fails, if you have the choice to boot from USB in the Boot Order, then you can create a bootable USB Flash Drive and copy your XP CD to it.

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I have a Rock CTX Pro with Windows XP Pro, service pack 3, 2.33 GHZ dual core.

When loading my computer, after getting to the loading windows page, it brings up an error message that says:

The following file is missing or corrupt: Windows\system32\config\SYSTEM

My gf has the same problem on her computer though this message doesn't come up, it jus shuts off after the windows loading page. We checked the USB she has been using and found it has a worm and trojan:

Worm.Win32.Perlovga.a and Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Small.apl

I have read that these load something into the system32 folder though I have found nothing about it preventing a pc from actually loading windows.

I also read that to repair it, you could use the Windows XP recovery CD and follow a certain number of steps by selecting the Repair option when it loads. However, I only have an OEM version from Rock and the Repair feature does not seem to be available on it. It only shows available partitions and asks if I would like to install Windows XP.

If anyone has any thoughts then I'd be really grateful for the help. Thanks

A:The following file is missing or corrupt: Windows\system32\config\SYSTEM Error

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Hello Experts, really hope someone is able to help me.

I am new to your site and greatly admire your work.

I am from South Africa & based in West Africa. My laptop is my life.

The poor machine is dead, on startup I get the following message on a blue background:

The registry cannot load the hive (file) \SystemBoot\System32\config\software or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
Beginning dump of physical memory. Physical dump complete.
Consult with your system admin or tech support.

The machine will then attempt to re-boot for as long as I leave it on and continues in this loop.

I have the Window Xp Pro recovery cd that came with the machine.
Its XP SP2 (Build 2600)

At the beginning of February I picked a virus/trojan that disabled my Bitdefender Internet Security.
It got to the point where Bitdefender couldn't put up its Firewall or Update.

I tried various programs to get rid of the Malware & after contacting Bitdefender I was able to fix the problem with their product.
Because of your Malware forums I was able to use MBAM & Superantispyware to get the machine to an acceptable state.

I considered posting at one point but the problem seemed to finalised.
As suggetsed in one of the other forum posts I attemtped to Specific File Checker and even with the XP cd in the drive it still would not root out all the problems.

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A:SystemBoot\System32\config\software missing, need help & data recovery

Hi .IMO, it is not uncommon for some of the adverse effects of remain on the system after specific malware items have been removed. I liken it to someone being shot with a poison arrow...removing the arrow. The poison remains in the system, the invisible impact of the apparent problem (the arrow).You say that you have a recovery CD...I'm afraid that I don't know any procedures that will allow what I believe needs to be done (either a repair install of XP or a clean install of XP)...using recovery CDs of any sort. All the system repair procedures I know depend on the user having a Microsoft XP install CD.I suggest that you await further input from others.<<How can I extract these files?>>One method (there are several possible) would involve removing the hard drive and inserting it in a USB 2.0 enclosure...and then attaching that to another known good, protected system. You would then be able move any data files, but no system files or installed programs.Examples of USB 2.0 enclosures accommodating 2.5" drives:

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When I turn on my Dell Inspiron 2600 laptop running Windows XP all I get is a black screen stating that, ?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 networked 3 computers about 3 or 4 days earlier and also updated this particular computer to Windows XP SP2. It worked fine for the 3 or 4 days and then this happened. I used it the night before last and it was working fine. I booted it up yesterday morning and it would not do anything but give me the above black screen with the error message. I?ve been through the F2 key routine and the F8 key routine and both have no effect on it at all. I put the original Windows XP disk in the drive but it does not change anything. I?ve researched the problem and I?m able to find fixes but I can?t get past the black screen with the error message stated above. Another thing that may be of help, I use Quicken 2004 for all of my personal financial needs and I back up the data after every use to a CD. I installed Quicken on one of the other computers and when I put in my backup CD to restore the files it only restored up to 2/18/04 but I had backed up on 1/17/05 the night before the problem and the screen had shown that the backup was successfully completed and has been showing that it was successful right along. So, I?ve lost all of my fina... Read more

A:Black Screen With Error Message: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing or corrupt

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I have two identical video cards in sli, and the other day one of them went out . I got lifetime warranty replacement by evga. I put the new card in my pc in the same sli config, anyways the new one turned out to be a bad card. I had to try the "bad" card by itself and the pc gave me one long beep followed by three short beeps in rapid succession no matter which slot it was in. So I took that "bad" card out rma bla bla... I put my good card back in the way I had it working just fine before. I turned my pc on and the "windows did not shut down properly..." Message came up. So instinctively I clicked on the start windows normally option. And then I got

"Windows could not start b/c new hardware or software changes."

"Windows can't start b/c there are missing system registry files"


"Put the system cd in the drive restart, select language, select next, select install repair"

Accept-enter. Restart-esc
I can't boot in safe mode, I hit enter and It gives me the option to select OS, but vista is the only one I have or if I press F-8 I can run a mem diagnostic which I did selecting the most extensive diagnostic which took about three hours which I ran twice with no results.

I also tried booting with my microsoft vista home basic cd that I originally bought. After it goes through the screen which has a bar that reads windows is loading it goes to the microsoft loading screen with the green lines ... Read more

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Error: "Boot Configuration Data Editor has stopped working"

A week or so ago I posted this problem which seemed to have cleared up. It was intermittent at the time. Now it is happening each time I boot.

I was told to make a system repair disk which I did. However the computer does not boot to this repair disk with the disc in the CD drive. The disk contains the following files:




None of these are exe programs.

As this problem has now becomes an everytime occurance I would like to get a fix. This system is only 3 weeks old. Dell ran a check on all the hardware with no problems found.

Dell Studio XPS 9100
1 TB 7200 SATA 3.9 GBS 16 MB CACHE


A:Win 7 reoccuring problem with Boot config Data editor

Since the system is only 3 weeks old, I'd use the System Restore disks to wipe the hard drive and install the OS.

AFAIK, Dell's still come with an Operating System disk. If not, check the All Programs menu for an item to make operating system restore disks (your system may also have a recovery partition that you can do this from).

The reason for this drastic move is to see if it is indeed a software issue. If it's software, it's your problem - if it's hardware, Dell has to fix it under your warranty.
So, if the wipe and reinstall doesn't fix it, it's likely to be a hardware problem and Dell will then have to fix it.

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This must be one you guys have heard before, however i think mines a little differernt.

Ok i boot my comp and just before loading screen it comes up with
Windows ould not start becuase the following file is missing or corrupt:

Now, i have found what microsoft says to do, which is to put a windows CD in and press r, to go to the command promt screen in order to put in a whole lot of code. Fair enough i say, looks easy enough.

One problem though, i put my windows disk in, i press r. At this stage the instructions say the black screen should first ask me for a password to log in as admin however mine doesn't. I then go to type in the first bit of code the microsoft instructions tell me to type which is MD TMP i then get a message saying access denied! i type help, see a list of commands and found the logon command, so i tried that except it doesnt give me a list of admins where i should then be able to type in the password and log on in order to be able to type the code which microsoft has to me to type.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! i really cbf formating my hardrive.

btw running windows XP SP2. Comp is P4, 1gig ram. fx5700 graphics card.
PS: instructions i am refferring to are

A:No boot, File missing or corrupt: windows\system\config\system

Went through the same thing with my older computer (HP Pavilion 502n/WinXP Home). Nearly brand new when it was given to me by a friend, three years ago, who forgot to give the Windows recovery disk. Then in mid August, it pulled a similar stunt as yours.

At First it was blackscreen with "Windows not shutdown completely and options to go into "safemode" or normally. That lasted a couple of times when it suddenly would not complete the boot up and got a similar message as you did.

Took it to a computer tech, who found a BIOS glitch and thought he had fixed it.

Then three weeks later, in early September, it did it again. Would not boot up completely several times. Then it finally did....after going online for a while, it started crashing and restarting every 20 minutes. Eventually it finally did boot up to show something else on a blue screen with a list of checking files systems on C: with this:

1 of your disks need to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disk chk at any time.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)
CHKDSK verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)
Deleting index entry CAUGNJQR in ...and on and on until it reached 94% and crashed.

another boot and it was CMOS Checksum and so on.
At fourth bootup, it finally reached screen with F keys and I hit them to go into Safemode and HP system recovery (non destructive file mode).

After five hours, it completed that and Crashed. I finally boxed it up for a couple of days to take back to the... Read more

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My friend has XP home and suddenly his computer stopped booting. He gets a message "Missing or corrupt config.sys". He goes into the startup menu, but no matter what option he chooses, he gets the error message I think I can't go into system restore mode (I tried booting up the comp with the xp cd, going into repair mode, which takes me to a prompt, but the restore command doesn't work there). Is there anything he can do to fix it? Is reinstalling the OS the only option?

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Hi, my friends alienware laptop has encountered the BSOD. The error reads.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0xc0000034.
I understand this problem can occur from someone not switching off their computer or laptop properly and thus not allowing the boot configuration files to be written properly. I have had this problem before with my own computer but I managed to fix the problem using command prompt. I cant remember the specifics on what commands I used although I remember using things such as, chkdsk and dskpart.
I'll start of with chkdsk, after typing chkdsk and hitting enter I get the following message. "The type of the file system is NTFS. The volume is in use by another process". Then chkdsk verifies files (stage 1 of 3) and everything is fine, then verifies indexes (stage 2 of 3) same again, everything is fine and then lastly verifies security descriptors (stage 3 of 3) which then comes with the following message. "Errors detected in the uppercase file". I then try chkdsk /f which comes with the following message. "The type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive. Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.
Now for the dskpart problem. typing dskpart works fine, then when typing commands such as, "list disk" and "list volume" comes with the following message. " There are no fixed disks to show" and "There are no volumes" I am at a complete loss at this as in my si... Read more

A:Alienware m17x Windows 8.1 BSOD (Boot configuration data missing)

Try doing a factory restore... Or a fresh install of Windows. Sounds like the laptops hard drive has failed

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Hi Folks,

Im hoping you guys might be able to help me. Id really appreciate some advice.

I have a Dell Studio XPS16 downgraded to XP Pro SP3, im using the machine to run pro audio programs such as cubase and pro tools. I recently inserted an expresscard firewire card with a TI chipset into the expresscard slot. When i realised the card was working randomly, i took it out.

From here on - every time i restart or turn on the machine, i get a beep from the bios before the windows load screen comes on with an error message -

"ERROR - System configuration data write error" Press F1 to resume, Press F2 to enter setup"

I cannot get rid of this - there has been no change to the performance, however i would like to get rid of this.

I have done a system restore to last week and its not made any difference.

Appreciate any feedback!


A:System config data write error

you took the expresscard firewire card physically out.....was there a software utility or other program that was loaded to work with this card??? if so did you go to add/remove programs and remove it or them? must be something running at startup that looking for this Card. you might also try to fix this by going to Start.>Run> type in msconfig and hit Enter click on the Startup Tab now and look for any program in the list that loads at Startup associated with this Firewire Card. and uncheck it.....

also via internet explorer go to and click on the startup tab to see an explanation of everything listed in your Startup list with a check mark by them. uncheck all that are not necessary to load at startup. then hit apply button and select close and restart. see if this fixes this error from occurrring at Startup

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My girlfriends laptop recently stopped booting, and started displaying the following:

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

I've looked on loads of different sites that explain how to fix it. I've tried fixing it via the recovery console (by using the windows xp disc), but it always says the file to be copied cannot be found, so now Dell (the manufacturer) think it could be a problem with the dvd drive that is reading the windows xp disc.

Does anyone know of any other way to fix this?


A:system32\config\system file missing on boot? help please!

Hello and Welcome to TSF

You can replace the drive to see if it is actually the drive that is not reading the cd
Are you sure you are directing it to the correct drive?

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Some whow my confi.sys file got corrrupted and start up tied to fix it --- at now is missing.

I got the recovery disks from Sony for this machine PCG-21WAMP) but all they seem to want to do is load the operating system (Windows XP-PRO) and wipe out all of my other programs and data on the disk. Sony has been NO help, it was very difficult just trying to make them understand that I want to retain MY programs and DATA.

I just want a CONFIG.SYS file so that I can complte the boot.

Does any body know if I copy a blank config.sys file to the hard drive -- Will NT know enough to create a basic bootable config.sys????

Is there a config.sys on the recovery disks that I could use with out compermising my entire disk drive????
ANY help or suggestions would be appreciated

A:missing config.sys file on boot Sony laptop

I checked my system (home built) and I have a config.sys file in the root C:\ that is blank... 0 bytes...

I also checked my sons computer (home built also) and didn't find a copy of config.sys so I guess it depends on your system config...I didn't think that XP uses the config.sys file , I think its config.nt

Also, check your system..sometimes programs might put a backup or copy of the config.sys file somewhere, like in the root drive..

One more thing is to make sure that the error is stating your config.sys file specific and not this:

\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG SYSTEM is missing or corrupt...

these are two totally different things..if your getting 'Config System" error check out this from MS:

or if you have a Windows XP cd (not the "restore" ones) you can do a "repair" on your system...

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I hope someone can help me w/ this. I received an error 0xc000014c on my pc after i turn it on after 3 days. It says o the error that a recent hardware / software might be the cause. It says there that to fix the problem i need to enter the installaion cd

However this is a second hand pc only & i dont have the contact of the owner of this anymore.i dont have an installtion cd as well. I just dont know what am i going to do now.. i hope someone can help me

A:error 0xc000014c

this is a second hand pc only & i dont have the contact of the owner of this anymore.i dont have an installtion cd as well.Click to expand...

What's the brand name and model name and model number of that computer?

What country do you live in?


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I recently wiped my computer hard drives and created a boot up USB to reinstall the OS. I have used this method before and it worked then.
However, this time when booting from the USB the computer showed this error:
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3. Click "repair your computer".
If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."
I have tried rebooting from the USB numerous times and changed the start up order around, but neither could fix this error. The computer is an Acer desktop and I am installing Windows Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1. I have no access to an installation disc. Is there a way to fix this?
Thank you for reading.

A:USB installation error 0xc000014c

I had the same issue when I was with a client.

You need to get a program that will make your computer think your USB is an .iso
Windows provides a stable program to do this.

Microsoft Store

Make your USB as a bootable drive with the program mentioned above, make sure your flashdrive has a minimum
of 4GB free space, don't forget to format it also.

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I get this error message when computer tries to boot up. The computer I am using is not the one that wont work. Have tried doing f10 to do system restore but can't see the screen for the big f10 screen Help

A:error message 0xc000014c

Do these steps:

1. Turn on your computer
2. Immediately begin tapping the F8 key repeatedly (If you get to the Windows startup screen start over)
3. When the Startup Options menu comes up select ?Safe Mode with Command Prompt?
4. At the command prompt type this command sfc /scannow
5. Then press enter

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I have tried the following to recover from this problem:

1) Acronis 2016 true image rescue disc

2) Easeustodo v9.2 rescue disc

3) Windows 10 generated rescue disc

4) Windows installation from CD via an widows.iso file

Option 4 tried the hardest to boot with a long period of disc read before failing.

Sorry can?t include a debug log since cant get it to boot

Background (hopefully helpful)

Windows 10 was installed on this laptop in August 2015. Major problems with 100% disc utilization.(see note on 100% disk utilization at bottom)

After 2-3 months of frustration a clean install of Windows 10 solved problem

9 months later July 2016

Windows was up dated to version 10586.494 .

I was suddenly confronted with 100% disc utilization again (not sure how long after update)
I suspected antivirus since it was implicated in the original problem a year ago but never confirmed.

I did a full disc recovery using ACRONIS and brought back 10586.318 all seemed well.

I also changed to Panda antivirus from Avast and all seemed ok for a week or two.

I updated again to 10586.494

I started testing out EASEUSTODO v9.2 backup for a friend. It failed during backup with a system freeze (behaving like the disk utilization problem)

Thereafter continued reboots resulted in disk utilization problem.

I decided to try a recovery and now go back to top of page.

NOTE disk utilization problem results in a system freeze with windows not responding error. Using taskmanager... Read more

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Hello,The computer was just starting when I mistakenly switched off the power. Now it is giving me the 0xc000014c error, asking for the CD. I inserted the CD, but it does not give me the option for language nor the more important to Repair the installation. I can't get in there with F8 Advanced options either as the Repair option is not available there also.I have a win 7 installation on the second partition and can see the files. From that I also performed a check disk, but that did not repair the start files. Any solutions how to fix this problem. I was going to transfer files and accessory software installations to Windows 7, but this problem beat me to it !Thank you...

A:Error 0xc000014c in Vista

Can you get to system restore to a time before the problem started?

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Hi there,
I'm still very happy with my XP Pro, but I thought I'd set up a dual boot with Win7 ultima 64 and check it out.

So I popped in another hdd that was sitting idly in a drawer and installed 7 on it. I fully expected that Win7 would be able to see there's an XP installation and create a boot menu. But nooo, it refuses to acknowledge another OS beside it and starts 7 when I hit the switch. So I always need to call the bios boot menu and I kinda don't like that. I'm jaded, I expect my pc to start up unattended while I brew my tea. Start up XP, that is.

I lurked around here for a bit and found some hints...
I copied the boot folder and the bootmgr file into my XP root and tried to repair with the Win7 DVD. But nothing came of it. It doesn't see XP and I've no clue about drivers for it.
But the drive with XP on it appears in red now in explorer window *scratcheshead*.

The second issue, and that's a BIG issue, one of my data partitions is simply not there. It's the primary partition of a hdd, which secondary partition shows up just fine. I wouldn't have been surprised if the XP OS partition would've been invisible, but that one shows up as drive d. And it's yet another hdd. Okay, now it gets confusing, here's my setup under XP:
Disk 0: C (XP) and F (1TB)
Disk 1: G and H (1TB)
Disk 2: D (Seven) (250GB)

and that's what it looks like on 7 (approximately, haven't found the disk management yet):
Disk 0: C (Seven)
Disk 1: D (XP) and F
Disk 2: H
So my G drive just doesn't s... Read more

A:Missing boot menu and missing data partition

While installing , Windows 7 does recognize an older version (such as xp), so a boot menu should be created in this way. If not, you are to configure the boot menu after completion of the installation. Thare are some ways to do that. Are you dual booting xp and seven now?

"But the drive with XP on it appears in red now in explorer window *scratcheshead*." -- Can you post a screenshot of this thing?

It appears from your post that you can boot from either os. If xp is not there in boot menu, are you choosing the drive to boot up in each time?

Please post the screenshots of your disk management to reveal the issue of G drive clearly, from both in xp and 7. But apparently it shouldnot be a active one.

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After installing an HP Scanner and drivers on my win 2000 machine, upon rebooting I received the following error message...

Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt;\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

It says I can attempt to repair this file by starting Win 2000 setup using boot disc or CDrom.

I do not have the OS disc, how can I fix, bypass this and how could this have happend from just installing a scanner.

Please help.


A:Win 2000 Will Not Boot Missing or Corrupt /winnt/system32/config/system

If it was by chance a parallel port scanner [the type that hooks up to the printer port], then yes it can cause all types of problems with win2k. As to your problem; can you boot into safe mode and uninstall the driver / software from safe mode? Without the install disk that is about the only thing I know to try.

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My brother has Windows Vista Ultimate installed on his computer. He's a little younger than me and I've always told him to not shut down your computer manually by pressing the power button on the computer. Still, no matter what I say, he does it anyways. I think this problem is a cause of that and now on Mid-Winter Break he will be without a computer. He told me he had shut it off (by manually pressing the power button) and powered it up again. The screen went black. I took a look for myself and it had given the option to select the operating system (Windows Vista) and/or Memory Diagnositics Test. I first selected Windows Vista, from there it gave me options like Start Normally, Safe Mode, Safe Mode with network, etc. I tried every single one of those and nothing, it lead me to another screen asking me to insert my Windows Vista Installation Disc which I do not currently have with me. I was hoping there was a another way to fix it other than that, but if not I guess I will have to find my disc. Anyways, from there I exited that screen and did the Memory Diagnostics Test, it completed and everything but it just lead me back to the screen with Safe Mode options, etc. It's error code: 0xC000014c and says C:\Windows\system32\config\system. 'Registry file is missing or corrupt.' So if anyone could help, I'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

A:Rebooted And Recieved A 0xc000014c Error

Boot from the Vista DVD and launch Startup Repair:

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The other night I went to turn on my computer and received this message:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Windows\system32\config\system
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.
I have a Toshiba Portege (tablet, bought in September 2007), with Intel Centrino Duo and Windows Vista Business. I know that you would probably need more information about my computer, but that is honestly all I know about it. My computer was bought through my school, and my tech support guy did not provide us with the Vista installation disc, and I have no way of reaching him until I return to school next week. However, I need my laptop before then (I am currently on my mother's laptop). Is there any other way for me to solve this problem, or am I out of luck?

A:Corrupt System Registry File (Error 0xc000014c)

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Hi, thank you. glad to be the newest member here. I have an Aspire S3 laptop Windpows 8 to 8.1 - that now has a BCD error blue screen upon start up that is error OXCOOOO0D - boot configuration data Recovery

Blue screen reads:

Your PC needs to be repaired.
The BCD is missing some required info.
you'll need to use recovery tools...

I don't have an install/repair cd/dvd, and I don't have my product key - since its on the BIOS and is unretrievable. I want to save ALL my files so, please, if someone can help, thak you! All I tried so far is to get into the BOOT by pressing F2 and switched it from UEFI to Legacy only it asks for BOOT disk...

A:windows 8.1 error 0xc00000d boot configuration data


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My Dell Insperion 15 now has this boot error. I tried using the recovery USB from my HP. It is smart enough to know that I'm not trying to reboot the HP computer so it doesn't work. This is so frustrating. What to do?

A:windows 8.1 error 0xc00000d boot configuration data

Check HDD with this: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Test your RAM: RAM - Test with Memtest86+ - Windows 7 Help Forums
one stick at a time eight passes per stick
Drive letters in WinPe will probably be different from what you see in windows - that is normal.

I would delete the bcd store and run the commands again. You should be pointing them at the reserved system partition .

Otherwise, at cmd prompt, type:


lis vol

( Look to see the drive letter for your main windows partition - if it is D then type as below, otherwise replace D with the letter diskpart gives for the main windows partition)

sel vol d



bcdboot d:\windows /s d:

bootsect /nt60 all /mbr

restart the pc - you're good.

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Hi everyone,

I tried to install new updates of Ableton live and the machine crashed badly... and since them it has really gone a bit wonky.

When I press the on button to boot up the laptop I get the following message.

The Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Store file contains some invalid information.

Object : GUID : (8cb2db4-7co5-11de842e-bt611d44fefa)

Description: Windows recovery format.

Status: oxcoooooo24

Info: The configuation for an element within the object is invalid in the boot configuation store.

The assiocated windows boot loader entry may not be available for selection until the problem is rectified by an administrator.

Enter= continue.

So then I press enter... it boots up. (in about 5 seconds as it is a ssd...)

When I do this action: to see if I can do a restore etc...

Start-Control Panel- the progress bar at the top of the expoler window freezes half way and I cannot access any of the menu Items.

Also I canot move this panel or close the window.

I have a back up on another external drive ..... plus I have made a repair disk and so on when I first got the machine.

I would be stoked if you could provide me with the next steps so I can resolve this situation.

Thanks for your time, now lets party on and delve deep into the abyss

A:Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store file error.

hatte auch einen 0x0000024 BCD Fehler. Hatte vor einer Installation die alte Partition auf "VERSTECKT / HIDDEN" gesetzt und nach der Installation vergessen die Partition wieder auf "Partition anzeigen / Show partition" zu setzen und erhielt so bei Bootversuch einige Tage sp?ter den x24 Fehler. Nach dem "ANZEIGEN" funktionierte der Boot wieder.

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I tried booting in safe mode in order to run virus check. Message at boot says "windows did not start successfully"-Triedmany times but no luck.
I was told to go to msconfig and change to "boot insafe mode". I did this and now no matter what I do it says Windows did not start successfully.
Safe mode, safe mode w/ network, safe mode w/ command, Last known good config, and start normally-----all fail and restarts at same screen windows did not start successfully

Is there any way to get back to msconfig in order to change back to normal mode. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

A:boot error ms config

Welcome to TSG!

You'll have to manually edit the boot.ini file.
See post 3 in this thread and either use the Vista/Win7 RE Disk method, or the XP Recovery Console method, not both:
XP Safe mode loop (MSCONFIG)

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My dad keeps getting an error when installing Windows XP on a computer. It gets installed fine, then after a couple of reboots, it errors out saying the config.sys file is bad.

I cna't find anything on google about this, so I decided to post it here. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:[XP] Error on First Boot - Config.sys

I had that problem so I checked my config in 'sysedit' in safemode and found it was my AVG scanner was enabled at startup. I think it was missing the 'rem' part of the line. I just deleted the whole line and it worked fine.

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Yesterday when i turned on my laptop, i faced the error named 0xc000014c, it says to boot and repair windows with external USB/DVD, i tried doing it with a DVD. But the setup is unable to complete the booting process, its not even showing the dvdv booting option. 

Please Help me regarding my case.
Thank You

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OK, so I just moved for the first time in years, and as soon as I get my PC set up in it's new home it goes all wiggy on me. I'm thinking the trip might have damaged something, but I don't really want to muck about any more than I need to, as the PC is my only good link to my girl right now and I need it to work asap. I also don't have access to my install disc, as it is back home at them moment which makes things interresting.

So, here are the symptoms.
It started with a strange behavior in windows itself, where windows would not minimize properly. I had to close one window to be able to view the one behind it. When I rebooted the machine, it failed to find the drive and tried to boot from CD. After a little finagling and removing the CMOS, it booted properly, but then promptly crashed. It freezes for a few minutes, and then eventually flashes a BSOD Kernel Data inpage error for a split second before rebooting. Sometimes it will also freeze for a minute or two then come back. Sometimes after a crash it boots right back up, other times it fails to boot. When it fails to boot, sometimes it tells me the boot manager was not located, other times it just says insert disk to boot from CD. Sometimes it will also hang in the middle of the boot cycle. When it hangs in the boot cycle, it will eventually boot after about 15 minutes. The lack of consistency in the behavior is really throwing me off.

The main hard-drive seems to be running hot, but I can't rea... Read more

A:Windows 7 BSOD, Boot failure, Kernel Data inpage error

Nobody has any ideas?

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I recently chose to do an "update and restart" on my all-in-one desktop pc and came back to a blue screen the says " The boot configuration data for your pc is missing or contains errors. File: \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD  Error Code: 0xc0000034 "It tells me that I need recovery tools but this pc came preinstalled with Windows 10 and I don't have a disc. Any help is appreciated!

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Hi, first time actually needing to post here. Usually i find a topic with a problem i am facing and do no have the need to ask my ?'s here.

Here is the problem i am facing..
When i turn on a friends cpu it boots up normally, shows the window xp loading screen, screen flashes (friend say's it has always done that since he hooked up duel monitors) the windows XP blue screen pops up with the logo. Then stops. Does not give the options to choose which account to log into and then proceed with loading up the desktop. i have tried loading it in Safe mode and last known good config. But, it does the same thing over and over. Any suggestions..

Windows XP Home Edition SP2 (maybe SP1)

P.S. I would like to know if there is a way to reset the config without having to reformat his HD.. Since it boots with no problems and all that seems to be the problem is that it stops loading right before the account logins show i am guessing its a single file corruption. Also when i do boot from "last known good config" it displays a pop-up window saying the recovery from config was a success, however still does not display the accounts to log into. Thanks a bunch for all the help in advance...

P.S.S Also, if i have some how missed a topic that relates to this issue, please feel free to post the direct link to it, i would love to read more about this with others who have had simular problems.... Thanks...

A:HELP - Possible Boot Config Corruption Error

Hello XsiM

Try the easiest thing first

Try to do a System Restore from the Safe Mode Options Screen. Choose
'Safe mode with command prompt'

At the command prompt type

Hopefully this will open System Restore

If that does not work, do you have an XP installation CD?

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When I exited out of the recovery console and rebooted my computer, I got an error pop up box saying that the application LSASRV.dll could not be found, and that I had to reinstall it or something along those lines. I pressed 'Okay' and there was just a blank screen. I tried safe mode, but that didn't work either.

I went back to recovery console, deleted the 5 system files again, but this time taking the files from the repair folder and placing them in system32. I rebooted my computer again, but got the same lsass.exe missing LSASRV.dll error... :(

Please help! I really don't want to have to reformat my computer. Is there any way to fix this via recovery console or something? I checked google, but I couldn't find any solid answers.

Thank you.

A:Missing LSASRV.dll error, can't boot into windows at all!

To get rid of this error message, insert your XP CD and boot from it. At the first menu press R to enter the recovery console and once at the command prompt type the following:



When asked if you wish to overwite, say yes. Now type EXIT to reboot the machine and windows should start-up just fine.

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The full message is
windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file
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Everytime i boot Windows Vista home premium, i get that error.

Repair does not work. system restore, pressing F8, does not work.
Idk bout command prompt, i dont know how to use bcdedit.

I can boot Microsoft Windows Vista option fine, but it has nothing on it. I need to boot Windows Vista home premium option because all my stuff is there.

The problem with bcdedit is that i can only access it through the Vista CD, which brings me to the path X:. idk where to navigate from X:. and when i type in the command "cd C:" it brings me to : C: but i cant direct it to system32 to access bcdedit

The only way to access bcdedit it by booting Microsoft Windows Vista option, which again has nothing on it, but i dont want to change the Boot Loader osdevice option for THIS version, i need to change it to default C: for the Windows Vista Home premium one.


A:VISTA boot error 0xc00000428 Windows cannot verify the data signature of this file


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Otherwise, how to I access in ENGLISH the System Volume Information files and what is the step by step procedure to restore.


A:windows\config\system missing!

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A:missing config.sys windows xp will not start

At the recovery consol (if its the windows one) u should have an option of command promt. go into this and type chkdsk /r (or /chkdsk /r)

or u could try bootfix
This may help, it may not, if it doesnt, u may have to reinstall xp/part of xp

Hope this helps, Gd luk

(ps sry about "chkdsk or /chkdsk" i cant remember which one it is)

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A:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure:

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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A:Boot configuration data is missing

Windows 8, "Missing File: \BCD Error Code: 0xc0000034"

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When I start my computer this is the screen it gives me:
I do not have a dvd/cd drive on my laptop and the codes that are on the bottom of the laptop are not readeble anymore. What can I do??


A:Boot configuration data is missing

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. What is the make and full model of the laptop please

3. What OS was on the laptop originally- was that Windows 8/8.1 or what please

4. Do you have a usb flash pen drive and if so what capacity is it please

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I don't usually need to downgrade, but my client will not use 8 so I'm stuck.

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A:0xC000000D (Unreadable Boot Config) error

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I have gone into recovery mode and all goes well untill i get to the part where i have to copy the files.

I am getting an error, something like file not found (Im not near the system at the moment)

Is there anything i am doing wrong.

I have tried CHKDSK /r and /p.


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

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

A:c:\windows\system32\config\system is missing

Go here:

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A:Missing \windows\system32\config\system

Hello RaThoth and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the E6400 needs a CD to boot, you might try a Startup Repair.

Startup Repair

If this doesn't help you could also take a look at a Repair Install (link at bottom of tutorial.)

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A:missing windows/systems32/config/system

What computer model is this PC?

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A:Windows\system32\config\system missing

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A:Windows\system32\config folder is missing from HDD

Hi, have you tried checking Shadow Copies?
Right Click on System32 folder >> Choose Properties >> Previous Versions tab.

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into the tmp directory I created it said:

File could not be copied.

It seems as if the directory im trying to copy is completely unavailable. If anyone knows of another fix please help me out. Any help is greatly appreciated...thanks!

A:missing \windows\system32\config\system

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Dear Techies, We have a ClientPro 345 Desktop PC from the now-defunct Micron/MPC Computers. Last night the computer shut itself down. Today, we cannot start Windows (OS Win XP Pro) and get the following message:

Error: Missing windows\system32\config\system

When using the System Restore CD and getting a C prompt, we have tried to set up a temp file to enter commands and access is denied.
Computer is not recognizing the sector on the hard drive that has Windows and wants to reformat. We want to avoid doing this.

It looks like the hard drive is dying rapidly.

We have a back-up from 7/5/09, but would still like to save the data from 7/5to today.

Any suggestions for what we can do?


J Parker

A:Missing windows\system32\config\system

Connect the hard drive to a different PC, either using an external enclosure, or internally to copy off the Data, or boot with a Live CD to copy the Data.

Live CDs
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows
Ultimate Boot CD
Puppy Linux
The first two require access to a Windows XP Disk
The Ultimate Boot CD does not include SATA drivers, so you'll either need to be able to change the BIOS setting for the SATA controller to ATA instead of AHCI, or Compatibility mode instead of Enhanced(wording will vary)

If the partition table has gotten corrupted, Windows might not recognize that the drive is partitioned/formatted. Test Disk might be able to fix that long enough to recover your data. It's included on some of the Live CD's above.

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If that doesn't fix it, you can then attempt to repair the system using this procedure:

How to restore the registry from a System Restore point by connecting the drive to a 2nd PC.I'll refer to the problem drive as drive E: in this procedure.
Change the letter as needed to match whatever drive letter it is shown as by the working PC.
Open Windows Explorer (right click My Computer, click Explore)
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A:help!missing \windows\system32\config\system

Microsoft Security Product Support PolicyTechnical support is available from Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PC SAFETY (1-866-727-2338). There is no charge for support calls associated with security updates. International customers can get support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. Phone numbers for international support can be foundat: Microsoft for assistance as your problem resulted from a security update installation.If they cannot help, come back here. Actually come back here in any case and let us know what happened.

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4- Command Prompt
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A:Boot cont. data missing after hp update

Windows 10 Recovery- last section "Recovery when Windows does not start correctly"

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File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc0000225
Info: The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors.

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A:The boot configuration data for your pc is missing/errors

The system reserved has The Boot Configuration Data for your PC.

Try this:
From the Repair CD/USB:
How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

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My brother brought his PC to me with the above error.
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A:Boot configuration data file missing

Startup repair (up to 3x consecutive runs might be needed, but probably only 1) will fix it.

You might try your luck with "finding" a Win 8 (or 8.1 if you have that instead) .iso to burn or make a USB out of, so you get to startup repair. Check hashes if you do this, compared to known well discs or official disc.

Someone will probably have a suggestion or two how to get one. Maybe even officially.

It would be helpful to everyone if you give the exact machine model and submodel (if there is one).

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A:The boot configuration data for your Pc is missing or contai...

Hi, Turn off your computer then turn it back on and immediately tap away ESC button then select F11 then select "Troubleshoot" and then "Advanced" and try these steps:b.Select "Advanced options" and then select "Command Prompt".c.If prompted, enter in the password for the user name.d.At the Command Prompt, type the following commands and hit enter.?bootrec /scanosbootrec /fixMBRbootrec /Fixbootbootrec /rebuildBCD?If prompted to press yes then press Y then restart if not then type the code below??chkdsk c: /f /r /x After running the commands your computer should restart and will automatically install windows update. Sometimes it will take for a while to update. Just extend your patience and wait until your computer restarted successfully. DONT LEAVE YOUR COMPUTER UNATTENDED.. Hope it helps. 

"Education costs money; so does Ignorance"If my post has helped you, click the Kudos Thumbs up!If it solved your issue, Click the "Accept as Solution" button so others can benefit from the question you asked!

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A:<windows Root>/system32/hal.dll. Missing Or Corrupt !error At Boot!

See if one of these helps:Error Message: Cannot Find \Windows\System32\hal.dll"Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages when you start your computer

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Good morning. First of all I would like to apologise for my bad English.
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The fact is it is really too difficult to sove the problem. Another error appeared when I tryed with another cd, it was: Archive \i386\ biosinfo inf couldn't loaded. Code error 32768.
I would like a lot to have my problem solved.
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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)

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*** 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.

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

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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

A:Windows Will Not Start Because The Following File Is Missing Or Corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. Y...

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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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.;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. 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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When I got back from camping it looks like my cousin had opened my computer, everything looked ok but the side panel wasn't on right and my lamp was on the floor. Everything is still in it and looks plugged in, i booted it up and it has this error:

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

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 booted to repair console to see what I could do and my drive letter was listed as D:\Windows (normally C). Whatever happened, I think it's trying to boot off drive C:\ while windows changed to D:\ but somehow my drive letter changed. I have no idea what happened and can't contact my cousin to see *** he did. My drive letter should be C:\.

I can reinstall Windows, but man what a pain! I only have an SP1 disc. Any ideas?

Additional info that you don't need to read but might want to.

1: I tried unplugging my cd drive, the only other drive in my computer (not even a floppy) and that didn't change anything.
2: The BIOS looks like it did.
3: It's a 1TB harddrive with two partitions, one is just a backup that is usually set to drive D:\.
4: I used an external hdd but let my cousin borrow it several days ago before I left and maybe he used it while I was gone and somehow swapped the drive letters. He's no good with computers so he wouldn't know HOW to do that.
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A:Windows could not start ...missing file... \Windows\System32\Config\System

If you are going to format and reinstall or perform a repair install you may want to learn How to Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Windows XP

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Windows XP file is missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM I don't have the setupdisk anymore. This is a desktop PC from Dell (Dimension 3000) about 6 years old. I was booting up when the electricity went out and when it came back on this is all that the PC will do. I pulled the hard drive and it spins and sounds like it is trying to read.

A:Windows XP file is missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

How to Restore the Registry Hives From a System Restore Snapshot in Windows XP
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
How to automate the Microsoft suggestion above

Any boot disk that can move files will work for this. Including:

Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.

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I have an E-machines T3265 PC. It came with bundled software.

When I booted it on Sunday, I received the following message:

"Windows has failed to start because the Windows/system32/config/system file is missing or corrupt."

My question is this: Can I correct this problem if I have an OEM software package (bundled software)?

With the massive amount of research I've done over the past 2 days, it appears that if you have the basic windows installation - a windows package not bundled with other software - that this is a pretty easy thing to fix - you simply use the "recovery" system. Well apparently, with a bundle, you don't have that option.

My bundle does not appear to have a "repair" feature. It has a recovery feature which restores the PC to its original state. Is there any way that I can repair the registry without having to restore my PC to its original state?

NOTE: The I386 file is contained in my C:\Windows folder as opposed to the root directory of C:\.

NOTE: Aside from having the original disks at my disposal, I have set up a second hard drive which contains a complete and updated (through SP2) version of Windows. This was set up using the same disks as the failed hard drive so they are virtually identical where windows is concerned.

NOTE: I have Accronis installed on both hard drives but the one that failed only has a data backup, not a system backup.

A:Windows XP Corrupt or Missing Windows/system32/config/system file

Ok! I suggest you do this:
Insert your window's XP CD and start your computer..If u r prompted to press a key to contninue do it.
When you see the welcome screen press F10 so u can get to the recovery console or just wait till the OS read the hardwares of your computer and take you to a menu from where u can press R (repair)
Once on the recovery console type 1 If u have one OS on your machine..
Type the Administrator's password when u r prompted to (if u assigned a password of course, if not press enter)..If you use XP HOME EDITION just press Enter (Password is blank).
Go to config by typing this: cd c:\windows\system32\config (If the prompt was C:\Windows> just type CD system32\config).Your prompt will be:
C:\Windows\System32\Config then type this command: ren system system.bak
You will get a message stating system was renamed.
Copy system from repair directory like this:
Copy c:\windows\system32\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system a賘nd press Enter..A message will show u that 1 file was copied.
Retrieve your CD and type EXIT to start your computer again.
Good luck.

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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: 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.

A:"windows Could Not Start Because The Following File Is Missing Or Corrupt: \windows\system32\config\sys...

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 ( ) Presuming that there are no hardware issues, this will enable the new system to boot successfully.More info here:

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Hi I turned on my dell computer with xp pro 4 days ago and got the message your file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system and can use windows startup cd to repair help

A:missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system

Well... Did you try using the startups CD to repair it?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite 1135 laptop (running Windows XP Home) that will not start Windows. I receive an error message in DOS that says "Windows can not start because the following files are missing or corrupt: \Windows\System32\Config\System". Can anyone help me create a boot disk that will replace this file and allow me to get up and running again. I am trying to avoid the complete system restore which will destroy my data and settings.

Please help!


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