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

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

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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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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Just trying to enable a recovery mode to perform "bootrec /rebuildBCD" but the PC does not allow me to enter the recovery mode using any of the F# keys or Esc.
Note: the bootmenupolicy has been set as Legacy prior to deleting the bcd value.

A:Unable to boot File: \BCD Error Code: 0xc0000034

[CORRECTION] The error code is actually "0xc0000098"

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Hi all! I have a Cambrio W101 V2 RCA 10 inch tablet. After installing webcam drivers from RCA customer service, a few reboots later I recieved a BSOD that included the message "Press Windows key for UEFI Firmware settings." And also, File:\EF\Microsoft\Boot\BCD Error Code 0xc0000034. I got this tablet from a friend and do not have any kind of installation media, and neither does the friend who gave the tablet to me. What options do I have? Can I download the installation files to a flash drive from Microsoft? Thanks in advance to any replies! Look forward to hearing from you guys/gals!

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

Good Day Everyone,

Trying to resolve this error:

I have a Window 8 recovery USB and a Windows 8.1 recovery USB both from another laptop...

Mine are 32 bit machines, if the laptop i am working on is 64 bit will it boot on my USB recovery that is from a 32 bit machine? My buddy doesn't know if this troubled laptop is 32 or 64 bit

When I use the recovery usb and try a refresh or a comlete format it comes back telling me the drive is locked and stops in its tracks.

Also from a the dos command window (from the recover usb advanced option section) i have tried the following with NO success...

Bootrec /fixmbr - successful but didn't help
Bootrec Fixboot - successful but didn't help
Bootrec - RebuildBCD - Goes off searching, comes back with 1> C:windows, I type Y to add it but it comes back with an error "The requested system device can not be found"

I also tried BCDboot c:\windows\ /s c: /l en-us - said it was successful but still didnt fix the boot problem.

So i am not sure if I am running into a 32 bit vs 64 bit issue or if i need to find a way to unlock my drive so the refresh will work?? Or...?????

Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated!!

This is on an Acer Aspire V3-551

Darren Vaillant

A:Windows 8 -Boot Error -> File: \BCD Error code: 0xc0000034


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I have tried to start up my PC recently and I get the message

that my boot system has failed due to the fact it's missing the file "\BCD".
I have contacted the microsoft company to report this issue no one can help me without my product code, or a disc/USB with the windows 8 system on it.
I have none of these and yet my issue still remains. My PC has worked perfectly the day before I shut it down.
I'm trying very hard to restore my system but all I can find of the ways to restore it is by clicking control panel, etc...

I cannot access my laptop's desktop all I get is this error message and options to enter the setup utilities, firmware and boot options.

In all I'm asking for is, is there a way to restore my system from any of these options or is this another toss away laptop because windows 8 has failed to find this missing file?
I cannot get a replacement because I do not have the key with me that was used to install the operating system. This is all very frustrating and not to mention my job relies on this computer so it's putting everything to risk with my situation right now.

Thank you very much for your support with this matter I look forward to your options.

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

You may borrow a Windows 8 disk from a friend and boot from this disk
Select the correct time and Keyboard type.
Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner.
Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen.
Click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen.
Click on command Prompt.
Type these following commands and hit enter after each line of command:
Bootrec /fixmbr
Bootrec /fixboot
Bootrec /scanos
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

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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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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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OK, so I've been bad. I bought a new computer about 8 weeks ago and didn't get around to creating a recovery disk. Also I just moved, and didn't get around to shifting my online backup from my old computer to the new one yet.

But what could go wrong, right?



ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034



So after hours on the phone to Costo and Dell they are sending me something so I can reformat/reinstall windows. Losing several thousand photographs (some I have orders for). That was their best suggustion.

No matter now many times I reboot (pounding F8, or Shift F8) all I get is the above screen.

I can get to a hardware test that runs with no errors found. And I can thumb my way through the bios, and make changes.

But there seems to be no way to get to a safe mode, or repair mode, or a Last Known Good Configuration mode.

I really don't want to write off several thousand pictures. Well, the hassle of reinstalling all the software and plugins sucks too, but I can survive that.

Serves me right for not being on the ball with disaster recovery plans...


You cann boot a linusx live cd and copy off your photos.

Suggest you try one with efi support.

Ubuntu13.04 64-Bit should do it.

Download Ubuntu Desktop | Ubuntu

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After shutting down because of nonresponding applications, I started to the computer again to find the computer would not fail on automatic fix, after going through this several times I was presented with a BSOD on BSOD on File:\ BCD error code 0xc0000034, I do not have an installation cd, the computer was preinstalled with Win8, Lenovo G580, I wouldn't like to lose my files, tweaks, and preferences, I am writing this from a separate computer, I cannot use my computer so I can't use the diagnostic tool.

A:BSOD on File:\ BCD error code 0xc0000034

For starters:

At work we start all repairs with a set of diagnostics. Often they find problems that weren't even expected. It's a waste of time to try to fix software on a system that has hardware problems.
Please try these free diagnostics for starters: Initial Hardware Diagnostics
Also, please ensure that you have ALL available Windows Updates (it may take several trips to get them all).

Looks like a BCD error that can probably be fixed by using Startup Repair.
Did you create the system recovery disks that the system asks for when you first started it?

If not, do you have access to another Win8 computer?
If so, do this:

2) Create a Repair disc:
Win8 - Press "WIN" and "R" to open the Run dialog...type "RECDISC" (without the quotes) and press ENTER

You can boot from the Startup Repair disc and have it attempt to repair the BCD (more info here: System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 )

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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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Alright, so after restarting my Toshiba Satellite L50A16H Laptop (Windows 8.1) it gave me a blue recovery screen,

it stated:
The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.
File: \BCD
Error Code: 0xc0000034

Unfortunatly I haven't made a backup or recovery file to boot my computer from so I'm stuck with the issue of finding a windows 8 iso file that matches my system, i tried getting the windows 8 iso from microsofts website but it asks for a product key before it lets you download the file, the problem is that my product key is built into the laptop and Toshiba has not provided me with the key on a sticker on the bottom or through any other method. apparently its built into the BIOS. i have a 16gb USB stick that i can boot from. using a key finder is obviously not an option because i cant start up the laptop. I was also wondering if i manage to find a windows 8 iso file to boot from, will my toshiba laptop automatically fill in the product key for windows 8 as i dont have it.

I'd like to see if i can solve this problem from home before i send the laptop back to a company.



A:Boot Configuration File missing, 0xc0000034

You receive the following error message:

The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.
Error code: 0xc0000034

And you can't refresh or reset.

Refresh your PC: "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."

Reset your PC: "Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."

How do you repair the problem.

- Boot the computer using the Windows 7/8 installation media.
- On the first screen, press SHIFT+F10 to bring up command prompt.


- Boot the computer using the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.
- select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

Run the following commands at the command prompt.

list volume NOTE: Note the volume letter where the Windows OS is installed.

bcdboot X:\windows NOTE: Replace "X" with the volume letter of the Windows OS partition.

For example, bcdboot c:\windows or bcdboot d:\windows (see screenshots below).

If the drive letter is incorrect, you will receive the following error message: "Failure when attempting to copy boot files."


How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link

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So I'm in the middle of my exams and this decided to happen. I've tried numerous fixes online to no avail. Any help is greatly appreciated




ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034



A:On startup FILE \BCD, ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034 URGENT!

Boot the Windows 8.1 DVD/USB disk & do a Automatic Repair.
How to do a Automatic 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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Hi, so earlier today i launched arma 2 and then all of a sudden my computer went to a blue screen with a big sad face saying an error occurred and we are collecting error data or something along those lines. I have had my computer for over 5 months with no problems it is a dell inspiron 17R. and now every time i turn my computer on this comes up:

Your PC needs to be repaired
The boot configuration Data file is missing some required information.

File: /BCD
Error code: 0xc0000034

Youll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. if you dont have any installation media(like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer.
I have done everything i can think of to try and fix this. I put in the recovery media disc and that didnt work. I followed the directions on several other threads similar to this one and i still come to this blue screen every time i turn the computer on.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Playing Arma 2, File /BCD Error code:0xc0000034

Error code: 0xc0000034 is "Object name not found" - in other words, it's pointing to something (such as a file) that isn't where it's supposed to be. This can be due to a software error or a hardware error.

If you're unable to get into Windows, start with these bootable diagnostics: Initial Hardware Diagnostics

If you're able to get into Windows, we'll need this info: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions Please use Option 1 as it provides Event Viewer logs.

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my pc dell isnpiron 660s is giving me a blue screen with an error 0xc0000034 and bcd file mssing...
I didnt create a recovery disc and none of my friends has it. My device came with a preinstalled Win 8 so I dont even have the key . need help please can any one put the recovery files on the drop box? Your help will be appreciated.(I dont know much about bios and stuff so a bit of a for beginners answer please).

A:error 0xc0000034 BCD file missing.

Hi Karan16 & Welcome to the forums ^_^,

I am extremely sorry for the delay caused as we are very busy and at times we do get overwhelmed

It seems like your BCD (Boot Configuration Data) is corrupted. See if the below guide helps you out -

How To Rebuild the BCD in Windows [10 to 20 Minutes]

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need boot disk to start win 8.1 to repair boot.

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Hey there all,

Earlier, about an hour ago, I left to go job searching, and left my computer in hibernate mode so I could bring it back up as soon as I got back. When I tapped keys on the keyboard, the computer powered up as usual, but it brought up the BSoD, stating it was missing files.

Prior to receiving this error, everything was working fine. I even set it to hibernate mode during the night, and it powered on this morning without any problems. I dunno if it's the multimedia keyboard I'm using or what that caused it.

I don't have an installation disc (since I bought it from Fry's Electronics about a year ago with 8 pre-installed), and neither do I have a recovery disc (since I didn't know how to make one.)

Computer info: Windows 8 x64
Manufacturer: ASUS

I'm just wondering mainly how to fix this, i.e: how to fix the missing boot files, and how to do it without causing any data loss from either of my hard drives.

A:BSoD Boot Error 0xc0000034: missing boot files

When you rebooted the computer did things go back to normal or you cannot boot in the system now?

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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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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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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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I am getting error as  your PC/Device needs to be repaired."The Boot configuration data for your pc is missing or contain errors."file: \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BCDError code:0xc0000034 I do not have any recovery tool like disc or USB. please help me with solution. 

A:error code: 0xc0000034

Hi, Try the following. First of all, use another PC to create a bootable Windows 10 DVD or USB Flash Drive via the following link.  Under the section 'Need to create a USB, DVD or ISO', download the Media Creation Tool. Once you have this, run the tool, select 'Create installation media for another PC', then select the language, edition of Windows 10, and either 32bit or 64bit that is relevant to your notebook. Follow the rest of the prompts to create this and then click Finish when completed. Boot your notebook from your Windows 10 installation media as follows. Insert the Windows 10 Installation Media and Shutdown the notebook. Tap away at the esc key as soon as you press the power button to enter the Start-up Menu and then select the Boot Options Menu ( f9 ). Use the arrow keys to highlight the CDROM (uefi) or USB Flash Drive option, depending on which typre of media you created, then hit enter - if prompted to 'Press any key to continue....' - do so. Select the ?Repair your computer? option, select Troubleshoot and then select Advanced Option.  On the Advanced options screen, select the Command Prompt - See option 1 on This Link for a detailed guide on accessing the Command Prompt. Once you have launched the Command Prompt, do the following: Type Diskpart and hit enter. Assuming your installation is on disk 0 Type select disk 0 and... Read more

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To cut a long story short here the problem..The system started acting up after windows 10 upgrade. Tryed to create HP recovery media but for some season kept failing, burning bad discs all the time. tryed to recover system using HP recovery mode, failed that too.tried to do a clean boot of windwos 10. All went well until time to reboot. Thats when I started to get this: The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.  File: \BCD  Error Code: 0xc0000034 Did some looking online and decided to buy the recovery discs from HP £35. As that looked like the best way to solve this problem. I put a brand new unused hard drive in the system and using the new system restore discs from HP started the reinstall of windows 8.1. All goes well untill the final part where it has to reboot the system using the internal hard drive. Then I get the same message as before. I have reset the bios to defaults I have tried with legacy support enabled. Always lead back to the same messageThe Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.  File: \BCD  Error Code: 0xc0000034  Laptop is only just out of warranty so HP dont want to help me. unless I pay them to extend it and then its only for software support. Any Help would be gratefully recieved.

A:BCD Error Code: 0xc0000034

Hey sonic, Try running an extensive system test in UEFI (F2 diagnostics). Instructions here: -wes

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I run windows 8 64 bit on an Alienware 18X2 pc. I would give you all the specs but I cant use it right now. I did a refresh on it yesterday as it wasn't running correctly and when it restarted it went to the alienware logo then directly to this: RECOVERY
You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USM devise), contact your system administrator or pc manufacturer.

Press ESC For UEFI Firmware settings

Now all this being said. I did everything it said.. I put in my windows 8 disc... got nothing the disc wont run... still the same screen.. I put in my restore disc.. nothing same blue screen.. I cant get passed that screen to do anything... PLEASE HELP....

A:Error Code 0xc0000034

check these

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Hi guys,

I am receiving the following error code:

your Pc needs to be repaired

The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information

Error Code: 0xc0000034

You will need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. if you dont have any installation media (like a Dvd or Usb device) contact your system administrator or Pc manufacturer
Press ESC for UEFI Firmware Settings "

I bought an Acer Aspire E1-571 five weeks ago (Intel Core i7, 2.2 GHz, 8GB DDR3). It came pre-installed with Windows 8, so I dont have any installation media.

My questions:

1. Is this an Acer problem (needing Acer support) or a Windows 8 problem (needing Microsoft support)?
2. What should I do? I can only get to the UEFI Firmware Settings, but don't even really know what that is.

Thank you all for your help!

A:Error Code: 0xc0000034

The boot file on your hard drive is corrupted. Why? Who knows? It could be an indication of a failing hard drive. Now, under a Windows 8 boot-loader scenario, I could supply you with a set of commands to try and repair your issue; however, because you have a UEFI installation, I really don't know if those commands would apply because I've never encountered your situation before. In any event, I would go straight to Acer support if under warranty. Good luck.

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Don't want to loose my data on my computer would erase if I have to but if I dont it would be appreciated

A:error code 0xc0000034

Without calling dell

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Hello everyone, hope someone here can help me? My HP Envy Laptop has crashed following the recent Windows 10 anniversary update. The computer originally came installed with windows 8 and updated subsequently to Windows 10 and has been trouble free until this recent update.I have tried everything suggested on these forums regarding this issue and nothing I do can get me passed the blue screen message "RECOVERY, Your PC needs to be repaired. Esc, f9,f10 options all revert back to the blue screen. I have tried plugging in USB drive with Windows 8 Recovery media on it but again only goes as far as the blue screen. Also downloaded Windows 10 on USB but again just goes to the blue screen.The only option when pressing Esc is the System Diagnostics and BIOS Management which I have tried updating but does not make any difference when re-starting the PC.Any suggestions please would be appreciated.

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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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File: \BCD 
Error code: 0xc0000034
When I start my Samsung ultrabook it gives me this error code. It does not have a cd-rom to insert a CD and it did not come with any boot  software for a flash drive. not sure what to do. As soon as the computer powers on it goes straight to it.
Thank you, Brian
Also, this computer came with windows 8 installed, nothing has been changed recently to cause it.

A:Windows 8 Error code 0xc0000034

Repair the BCD store using the Startup Repair option
     Insert the Windows installation disc in your computer disc drive (use external CD-ROM (or) bootable PENDRIVE)
     Select all the details that you are prompted to enter and click Next
     Click Repair your computer and select the operating system you want to repair and click on it
     Click Startup Repair
     Restart your computer after you are done with the Startup Repair
after reboot get the updates and patches and make a system image and back up !!

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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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I am unable to open specific programmes (Windows Live Messenger, Windows Defender, Full Tilt Poker) and I recieve the error

"The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000034). Click on OK to terminate the application."

when I attempt to open any of these programmes. I have tried reinstalling them to no avail.

I ran Process Manager to see what the problem regarding the progammes was and this is what the reoccuring problem was for all of the programmes:

"Date & Time: 21/10/2008 23:56:37
Event Class: Registry
Operation: RegOpenKey
Path: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SideBySide\AssemblyStorageRoots
TID: 2064
Duration: 0.0000198
Desired Access: Enumerate Sub Keys"

I have no idea how to fix this! Can anyone help me out?


A:Can't open certain progarammes! Error code 0xc0000034

Google is your friend. From a simple search for SideBySide and AssemblyStorageRoots:

Good luck.

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I am unable to open specific programmes (Windows Live Messenger, Windows Defender, Full Tilt Poker) and I recieve the error

"The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000034). Click on OK to terminate the application."

when I attempt to open any of these programmes. I have tried reinstalling them to no avail.

I ran Process Manager to see what the problem regarding the progammes was and this is what the reoccuring problem was for all of the programmes:

"Date & Time: 21/10/2008 23:56:37
Event Class: Registry
Operation: RegOpenKey
Path: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SideBySide\AssemblyStorageRoots
TID: 2064
Duration: 0.0000198
Desired Access: Enumerate Sub Keys"

I have no idea how to fix this! Can anyone help me out?


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Hello guys/girls

I have a problem with my asus laptop pre installed with windows 8 and upgraded via father borrow it for printing and after that in the same day i turned on my laptop and the blue screen with a message welcomed me

Your PC needs to be repaired
The Boot Configuration Data File is missing some required information.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0xc0000034

You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation
media (like a disc or usb device), contact your system administrator or pc manufacturer.

Press ESC for UEFI Fireware settings"

I googled about this problem and i learned that i need to have a recovery disk and i dont have that., but i managed to copy the recovery disk in my sister's windows 8 laptop(not updated to windows 8.1) and tried to put it in my laptop tried the step by step procedure that i read in the google but still it is not working..i just can only see the windows logo and after a few seconds my laptop restart and go back to the windows logo and it is just restart again many times...

A:Help: Recovery Problem Error Code 0xc0000034

This page might help---

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This laptop runs win7, after the logo screen I am getting the error code message so it won't boot to windows and pressing F8 to run a recovery is not working, I can go to the BIOS. I tried Knoppix and it loads fine but it won't let me reload the OS from a disc so I am guessing it's a hard drive issue? Is there anything I can try to access the HDD or to know 100% that it's a HDD issue before I should go buy another HDD?

A:Gateway NV57h58u error code 0xc0000034

Try this:
1.Insert your Installation Disk
2.Go to repair Windows
3.Command Prompt
4.type in this:
"BootRec.exe /rebuildbcd" and press enter, then type in "BootRec.exe /fixmbr" and press enter, and finally type in "BootRec.exe /fixboot" and press enter. Now restart the PC and try it.

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I've just installed Windows 8 (from usb) on my brand new HP laptop and everything worked fine. But I didn't partition hard drive as I wanted, so I decided to install it again.

During the 2nd installation, the keyboard wasn't working (don't know why). So, when I was supposed to make partitions again, I deleted every partition and tried to make new ones, but I couldn't 'cause of the keyboard. So I just exited from the installation and turned off the computer.

Then I tried to boot the system from usb again, but all I could see was a blue screen with a message that my computer is damaged and needs to be repaired. There was also an error code 0xc0000034. And now everytime I turn it on, there's only the blue screen with no other options.

Any suggestions what to do?
Thank you in advance.

A:Problem during installation - error code 0xc0000034

Welcome to EightForums.

Did you boot the USB Pen drive in UEFI mode?

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I am desparate for help, My Lenovo Z580 Ideapad pre installed with windows 8 was working fine, I updated to windows 8.1 a few days ago and tonight my laptop shut down. When I tried to turn it back on a blue screen came up with the following on the screen.
Your PC needs to be repaired
The Boot Configuration Data File is missing some required information.
File: \BCD
Error code: 0xc0000034

You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation
media (like a disc or usb device), contact your system administrator or pc manufacturer.

Press ESC fpr UEFI Fireware settings
I need urgent help, I do not know how to fix this, I need an idiots guide, I did not back anything up and I have lots of personal photos and documents on that laptop. Please help Thank you

A:Need urgent help on windows 8 error code 0xc0000034

You could take it to a computer repair store.

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I have a HP650 notebook (Windows 8.1) and have for about 20 months. I ran a battery check and it said to calibrate it so i did so by going into the HP diagnostic test or something by pressing F2/escape on start-up. I ran it fine and it went for about 2 hours and upn completion it said it worked. It then restarted the laptop and i got a BSOD. It read "Your PC needs to be repaired. The boot configuration data file is missing some required information. File /BCD . Error code:0xc0000034. You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media." After looking online for a couple of hours someone told me to run an elevated command prompt and type in the following in order: "Bootrec /fixmbr, Bootrec /fixboot, Bootrec /scanos. Bootrec /rebuildbcd". After doing so it worked and i backed up everything on my laptop. My question is why did this happen. It must of had to been something to do with the battery configuration. Anyway,  how can i stop this from happening in the future? Will it happen again or is it fixed as i typed those specific commands above and it worked or are the commands just a temporary fix or something? Also can i run the battery check again just to double check it worked or do you think i will get the BSOD error message again?

A:HP 650 notebook BSOD error code : 0xc0000034

You rebuilt the BCD (Boot Configuration Data), so that should be fine now.
As for what happened, all I can suggest is that some how a file became corrupted.  This happens with Windows, this is why they have System File Checker (sfc /scannow).

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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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My brother brought his PC to me with the above error.
The rest of it is File: \BCD and error code 0xc0000034. And of course being my brother he did not make a recovery CD. There is also no windows twenty five digit serial number sticker on the case. So can someone direct me where to proceed from here? Thank you for any guidance....

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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HI Everyone
Please can someone help.  Have a vista pc, was  trying to install service pack one.  The computer has gotten stuck on the  error code above
Cannot boot into safe mode
Tried Restore points,they  have been erased
System repair, runs then lead to the same error code, (this appears with white writing on black screen.
Tried an install disc and repair option,  system launches System Repair option, then leads to the same error as above.
Going round in circles, there is a partition the drive, that  I can use to put the computer back to factory settings, its a hp system, but will this make matters worse.
Any help appreciated,
Thanking you in advance

A:Vista sp1 will not install error code 0xc0000034 system stuck in loop

Don't panic, You are not alone.
It's a few extra steps but you can do it!

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 Hi folks, couple weeks ago I bought a new server to my company, and installed Server 2012 Foundation to it. Also, using Intelligent Provisioning, I enabled RAID 10 (4x1TB HDD). When OS was installed, I changed DVD-drives letter from D to E, and then in disk management I created new volume, D (labeled Data). Through Windows Update service I think almost every available update was installed. The server is a database server in a basic WORKGROUP (not part of a domain), which sends and receives information from our retail stores and online store, it acts as a central database for all the operations. It doesnt run for example our online store by itself, it is "just" a computer which keeps all the data in - it doesnt do any "urgent" matters for example run a site. Locally, in a LAN network it also provides access to our erp sofware. So = it is just a basic computer, which just needs to work, no matter else. This server is going to replace our really old ML310, which is still doing its task. Today I booted our new server, but as you can see in attachment, it didn't boot. I can't understand what happened. It says BCD file is missing... No changes has been made in a week. Last time I just shutted the server down. I tried to use "bootrec" commands in recovery environment's command prompt screen, but it didnt help (commands I found from another forums, I dont know do they only work in consumer pc's). Also, using automatic repair with installation DVD didnt help ... Read more

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I hope that someone can help me I had restarted my computer which is HP Pavilion Elite m9150f, and I got this message on my screen as the computer started to boot up. It says "Recovery The boot configuration data file is missing some required information. File:\Boot\BCD error code: 0xc000000d You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media like a disk or a USB Drive, check your PC administrator or PC/device manufacture." I do not have a recovery disk is it possible to get one from hP customer support? Anyones help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

A:Recovery The boot configuration data file is missing

Assuming either Vista or Windows 7, then THIS THREAD has the typical answer.  Of course you need a real install disk for Vista or Windows 7 or a repair disk.  You can borrow an install disk from someone and boot to the disk and pick repair instead of install.  As long as you do not try the install it will be fine.  Read the link. HP does not provide a disk, so that is your choice to find one.  Like I said, you can borrow one.

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I restarted my laptop today and then I get a blue screen with the following message
Your PC needs to be repaired
The boot configuration data file is missing some required information
file :\BCD
error code: 0xc0000034

you'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. if you don't have any installation media (like a disc or usb device), contact your system administrator or pc manufacturer.

press esc for uefi firmware settings
when i bought my laptop, windows 8 was already installed and i did not get any installation disc

how do i fix this problem?

A:boot configuration data file missing required information

Look over this procedure and see if you feel comfortable in using it.

How To Fix The Windows Bootloader ? TweakHound

I know you don't have a Win 8 disc at this point but I am more concerned with your level of comfort in executing the above.

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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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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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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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Unable to get beyond BIOS - need bootable recovery CD that can re-initialize Boot Record and/or reimage drive
Gateway HDMI, AMD A6 processor 4 mb Ram

A:Win 8.1 Pro 64Bit boot bcd error 0xc0000034 CANNOT Boot System Need Recovery

Hi -
Does your system have a HDD Recovery partition?
Take a look at this from Gateway -
If no-go with HDD Recovery partition, you'll need to contact Gateway and order replacement recovery discs -
Regards. . .

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So I recently updated to Windows 8.1, was having troubles with my SLI so I downgraded my driver to this. Laptop was working and was playing Guild Wars 2. Decided to switch characters so I logged out, all of a sudden everything goes gray. I thought it was just the game so I hit alt+tab to switch out, doesn't work. Try alt+tab+delete, doesn't work.

Turn off computer via power button and start it back up. Get blue screen with error.

Call lenovo and they say my limited warranty doesn't cover software errors and wants to charge $89. I want to see if I can fix the error so I don't have to send it in.

I have looked up the error and don't really have much tech experience but I saw something with if you have another Windows 8 computer but the only computers I have are Vista and 7. My laptop is the Lenovo Y500 and it has no optical bay (swap able bay but got one with grahpics card so I would have to buy the optical bay in order to put discs in).

I took pictures of my BIOS and the error for help, thanks for the future replies and help!

Also another question, if I can't fix the error would it be best to take it to a local repair place or lenovo's $89 offer? I've had this laptop less than a year (Hitting 6 month mark in a day or 2).

A:Boot Error 0xc0000034

Did you make your factory recovery discs and are they available? Do you have that Lenovo One Key Recovery button on this model? If so, I would try either one of those option before sending it to Lenovo because the only thing they are going to do is restore it to factory shipment status. Good luck.

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So my friend gave me his laptop to fix this weekend, And i am stumped to say the least.

You see his laptop is in a constant rebooting session it keeps trying to reboot and reboot and reboot. And gives me that error message above. I CANT NOT, I REPEAT CANNOT GET TO THE OS SYSTEM meaning that i cant get to the start menu or anything like that. Also when i tried to select automatic repair it tries to load it then gives me the same error above. The Computer my friend has is a HP Spectre XT running windows 8 64 bit. Also the only thing, I could get to is the boot menu which has the OS boot manager which keeps rebooting and stuff. Then select a EFI file from the hard disk drive.

A:Computer error File /BCD 0xc0000034

Press and hold "Esc" while starting (try it several times)\
This should get you to the HP UEFI boot menu.

I believe F2 will bring up the diagnostics, and F11 will get you to the recovery
F9 is the boot menu.

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After my son tried to load a game called "Star Bound" on his ASUS R503U laptop it restarted and came up with this BSOD.
Your PC needs to be repaired
The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required info
Error code 0xc0000034
You need to use recovery tools..........
I don't have any back up disks.
Can I download something online and make a disk, or flash drive to try and fix his laptop?
Searching the web for this error it seems people have had mixed results recovering form this BSOD.
Do you think I can be fixed without loosing all his stuff and reloading Windows?

A:BSOD BCD file error 0xc0000034

How much RAM installed?

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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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Hi there. My laptop wouldn't shut down last night so I knew something was wrong. This morning all I see on the screen is this message: Recovery. Your PC/Device needs to be repaired. The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors. File: \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD Error code: 0xc0000034 You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device) contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer. Press Esc for UEFI Firmware Settings. ------------------- By pressing Esc I can access the startup menu. F1 System Information; F2 System Diagnostics; F9 Boot Device Options; F10 BIOS setup; F11 System Recovery. I'm a bit hesitant to try any of these as I don't want to make the problem worse. I've done some searching online and it seems that I need to launch a recovery application. I downloaded one from WikiFixes and put it on a USB drive but I can't figure out how (or if it's possible) to launch this via the Startup Menu. I did not get a CD with the laptop (it was a gift and came ready-to-use). Is there any way I can fix this now? Or do I need to order a recovery CD? Thanks for any advice.

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I have an Acer Aspire S7-391
Win 8.1 x64

I've been reading everything I can find and feel like I need to take my machine into someone, I hope not.

I get the blue screen of death when I turn it on.
The first time it happened I was able to press esc and get into the Boot Menu.
Unfortunately, I didn't know what to do and shut the computer back down.
I can no longer press ESC from the BSD and get into the Boot Menu.

I've tried F8, F10, F12 while manufactures logo is up - no luck
I created a recovery SD (from my 2nd machine) and inserted it in the laptop.
The laptop doesn't seem to see it when I start it up.
I've tried several times, nothing but BSD and then it shuts itself down.


I figured out how to get into the Boot menu. It's F2 for Acer Laptops for anyone who does not know.

I changed my boot order so that USB HDD is now listed first.
Still landing on BSOD.
I tried this process multiple times with the boot disk in my SD slot and in the USB slot.
I tried multiple different boot orders as well.
End result is always BSOD.

Does anyone have any experience with this? I've been waiting since 4/11/15 for a response.

A:File:\BCD Error: 0xc0000034 Acer S7. Esc, F8,F12, no work

Hi soleil & welcome to the forums ^_^,

Sorry for the late response. Are you able to get into Safe Mode? If you are able to get into the Safe Mode, could you please follow the below instructions?
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

If not, then could you please post a screenshot (Camera Shot) of the Blue Screen which you are getting?

Also, from the startup options, are you able to open up Command Prompt by any chance?

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This error started today and occurs when I try to open Google Chrome. It also pops up if I try to download anything. My anti virus is up to date and I ran Anti-Malware to no avail.

I hope this a software problem but I suspect a virus. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thank You in advance,

A:Missing File Error--->unable To Find Locale Data Files. Please Reinstall.

lisa1977 said:

It also pops up if I try to download anything.Click to expand...

With what are you trying to download?

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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.

The machine seemed to operate ok, but would sometimes not recognise one of the USB ports o... Read more

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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Hi Everyone,

First post here, allow me to thank you in advance for your good help - people like me who have limited information on diagnostics and repair owe a deep debt of gratitude for your service.

I own an Acer Aspire V5-571P-6815, which has put up the Recovery blue screen of death, citing Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information. It also cites File:\BCD, Error Code 0xc0000034. It says I'll need to use the recovery tools ion my installation media or boot cd/USB device.

Thank you so much for any help you may be able to give me. I am ready to carry out instruction. I have my cell phone, iPad, and temporarily, another laptop with CD burner.

EDIT: I also have access to UEFI Firmware Settings with menu options. Thanks.



A:BSOD, error code 0xc0000034, Acer Aspire V5, "Recovery"

Wow, I didn't know topics were posted so quickly - I thought I had lost my post, but it turns out that it already ended up on the 2nd page...

So, I'm sorry to be bumping this, but I was just wondering if someone could get me started in the right direction? I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,


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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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Recently, when booting up, I have been getting 2 error messages (both appear twice). They refer to files not found or missing but I cannot begin to identify the files - all that I see are a series of little squares: 7 in a row, then a space, then 14 more. I click on OK and away they go and everything else seems to procede normally. I have a Dell Dimension, Windows XP Home. A call to Dell was not encouraging - they recommended re-installing the system. Oh dear. I have Norton Firewall and Anti-Virus, Microsoft's new Anti-Spy, WinPatrol, AdAware and Spybot. I am FAIRLY confident that my system is clean, but then, who knows? I have run registry checks and let them do their business (I don't fool around with the registry on my own, I am not a trouble-maker). If I need to re-install, I will work up the courage to do so, but until then...maybe someone here has had some experience with these error messages. At least I would learn something new. For now, my system SEEMS to be working OK, but what do I know. This could be a harbinger of worse things to come.

A:Boot up error - missing file

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read that the config file can be "missing" from Win 95 cos it's not in the OS but what abt Win 2k?

Was trying to run msconfig in accordance to other instructions to find out why my 256MB ram is showing as 128 MB ram, when my pc told me file missing... etc make sure all required files are available etc...

Did i accidentally do something? What shld I do now? And has this missing file got anything to do with the sec slave etc - atapi incompatible message I have been getting since yesterday?

Sorry that this post mixes up the hardware n software.

Thks for the help in advance


A:Missing Config file

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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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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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Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

That is my computer specs...
July 10....was not good.....While on the computer getting songs from various places ..and from my own collection...something happened... I now have dialup isp.....had to give up cable and dsl is not in my area yet...
I had noticed the computer was moving slower than usual....(can that be possible??) I logged off for a while...When I logged back on it booted up until a certain point with this message...

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
window\system32\sonfig\system can attempt to repair this file be starting windows setup using the orginal setup cd-rom "r" at the first screen to start repair....

WELLLLL I FELT LIKE CRYING.............I kept staring at the words ....I had over 1000 music files on my drive
and was planing to take them off that evening..............I kept going back and logging off,,,,,staring at this computer and not comprehending that I was
about to lose my music!!!
I did not even know what a orginal set up disk was??? Where could I get one??
The only thing that I could think about was my restore disk....and you know I did not want to use that!!
Well I took the disk out before it was done thinking that maybe the problem would go away and I could get my music....But all that happened is that the machine went into safe mode...... and I could not get rid of that...
So I had to restore my machine back to the orginal way it w... Read more

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The full message is
windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file
Might be something wrong with dual boot. My mom who knows nothing about this accidentally installed another Windows Vista so now i have 2 windows vista named: Microsoft windows vista and Windows Vista home premium
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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While trying to load a program I get this message: "C: \Windows\SYSTEM 32\CONFIG.NT. Error Code 0x0 You do not have sufficient privilege to access this file."
My system:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1981 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 294963 MB, Free - 62506 MB; D: Total - 10239 MB, Free - 6403 MB; J: Total - 953634 MB, Free - 934837 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc, 0YY821, A00, ..CN7082174QF034.
Antivirus: ThreatFire, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
Any ideas?

A:C: \Windows\SYSTEM 32\CONFIG.NT. Error Code 0x0

What program or type of program? No program should need or access that file.

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I've got a windows 8 laptop which gives me this error message when i try to switch it on:
"Your PC needs to be repaired The boot configuration data file is missing some required information.
File:\BCD Error Code : 0xc000000d ............................" I'm sure you are all familiar with the rest of this dreaded error code.
I've tried all the repair options, recovery disks to a windows 8 bootable flash disk, the command prompt fix boot commands as well but still I get the same error message whenever i try to boot windows.
Now I'd like to know, can't i just copy the boot folders from another similar windows 8 pc and paste them into my harddrive to fix this??

A:BCD error boot file missing required information

Can you restore it to factory settings ?

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I recently had the Kazy virus which told me a had a temporary infected file (dhgdqmvs.dll) from VirtualStore ie:

C: Users\Pam\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\temp\dhgdfqmvs.dll

I deleted the temporary file manually. Recent scans have shown that I am clean now - virus free. Instead the "dhgdfqmvs.dll" file comes up in an error message when booting up. I can't find that file anywhere online. I found one reference online to it being connected to the Kazy trojan.

How can I get rid of this pop up error message?

Thank you in advance.

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I have encountered another problem!

Ok, so, my computer wouldn't boot up right? I had to repair the installation etc and activate Windows, which I did today. The just recently, I was in safe mode trying to fix the PC, and then it restarted, and now everytime I try to start it up, it says,

The file Windows...../config/SYSTEM is missing or corrupt and it says I have to repair Windows, using the disk.

I booted with disk again, and went to repair, and this time, there were two options, to repair, partition 1 and another one, which had a file size of 8MB. Yesterday, when I repaired it for the first time, there was only one option which said, "Windows XP Professional"

And now there are two, one which says Partition 1, and another one below that, which has a file size of 8MB??

Should I run chkdsk /r??

This is so confusing and annoying! *sigh*

Any help would be very much appreciated!

What should I do?

A:/config/SYSTEM File Missing Or Corrupt?!

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Was watching movie on laptop last night and computer restarted on its own and a 'missing or corrupt config/system file' message came up.

Tried a repair using my XP cd, but no luck.
Tried to get to DOS prompt but can not even complete a 'dir' of my c:\drive. Receive 'error occurred during directory enumeration.' Can't change directory / can't make directory.

Tried chkdsk /p /r but receive message about 25% into it indicating unreadable volumes

Any thoughts?

A:missing or corrupt config/system file

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I've tried to google this but no luck...just explanations for XP,so here I am

In this case i want to instal simple lil game for me kid and just won't install. warning window tell me that this config.nt file is missing.
Any1 can help? thank you
here is screenshot

A:system 32\config.nt file missing problem

Quote: Originally Posted by adamisoke

I've tried to google this but no luck...just explanations for XP,so here I am

In this case i want to instal simple lil game for me kid and just won't install. warning window tell me that this config.nt file is missing.
Any1 can help? thank you

Hi and welcome

If you install the game in compatibility mode (right click installer>properties>compatibily mode>check xp) It might run. Obviously an older game.

Good luck and let us know if you need help
Ken J+

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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 mates PC wont boot up any more , it says there could be a currupt or missing file , it says its config system and says it might beable to repair the file using the install disc .
His PC is made by ADVENT and he has a System Recovery CD-ROM , would any one beable to help please ?

Chears you will be a life saver if you can


A:mate PC wont Boot up error message ref to a missing file

It is referring to the "system" hive in the registry.

It is a difficult problem to resolve without simply reinstalling XP or using standard recovery software.

It can be done though, if you are resouceful, persistant, and moderately experienced.

If no XP CD is available, you need to create a bootable CD with the Recovery Console on it. That can be done if you have burning software which supports .iso files -- such as Roxio or Nero.

The basic repair procedure is explained here:

All command lines are one line, with appropriate spacing.

If the procedure does not succeed the first time -- you need to copy back the hive files that you backed up if you want to do a non-destructive reinstall.

A downloadable file, which can be used to create a bootable CD -- here:

The cabinet file must be unzipped -- and the file cmdcon.iso opened on a computer which has burning software already associated with .iso files. A writable CD must be in the drive.

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Hey all,

Computer was fine when I left it, woke up in the morning and tried to boot... I was then confronted my a message telling me that windows/system32/cofig/system was missing...

Anyone got any ideas?

I've tried copying the file from another computer but one it won't let me and two it seems that this file is specific to each computer.

Thanks for any help,


A:The file Windows/System32/config/system is missing.

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Windows will not start and the following message is displayed.

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 . . .


I don't have the original CD-ROM. I have a recovery disc and don't want to wipe out all my files until I can transfer them to my external hard disc.

Can I fix this?

A:system32\config\system - file missing or corrupt

Hello chardmiz, Welcome to TSF!

Please read these instructions from Microsoft? ...very carefully. (Click the coloured link.)

Post back with the outcome.

Kind Regards,

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I have windows xp pro oem, I had a boot problem where the pc froze. When I rebooted I developed the above error.

I have tried initiating a repair with the oem disc however after loading the drivers I do not get an option to repair the current copy - now what?

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my windows will not boot because the following file is corrupt or missing;
SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM. what do i need to do?

A:system32/config/system-file corruption or missing

try this:

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Called Dell and they told me I needed a new hard drive? When I boot it up, it says the config.sys is missing or corrupt. To recover, install the cd that came with the computer. No such disk, just a note saying to use system restore. Dell sold me a new hard drive, but I still want to try and recover the data off the disk? They wouldn't send me the disk the computer is asking for?

A:Missing Config.sys File? No Recovery Disk With Dell

If they didn't send a disk, and did send a hard drive - it's likely that the files to restore already exist on the hard drive. Try installing it and booting up to see if it starts to setup Windows for you (happened to me at work with a customer's computer and a mailed Dell hard drive).

Disconnect the old hard drive to prevent anything happening to the data on it. Once Windows is setup you can slave the old hard drive to the system to see if the data is recoverable.

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my vaio xp media center is hung up on windows/system32/config/system file is mode always ends with the request that i reinstall using discs i have never card (the infamous nvidia) already failed on this thing once, and they ARE all disarray....anyone solve this with discs? "deleted by moderator" much appreciate any yeas or nays on this...thanx much!!!

A:\windows\system32\config\system file missing

Hi elagabalus and welcome to TSG

I've edited out your email address in your above post. You don't want to subject yourself to spam attacks and we also like to keep things within this forum here.


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I am having an issue with my laptop due to a missing critical file on my computer (Missing the csrss.exe file from my:


Please if anyone here has ever had this issue can someone please help me to resolve the matter. I tried creating a new user and seeing if it can automatically reset everything but no luck.

A:Missing the csrss.exe file from my C:/WINDOWS/Config/ folder?

Insert your XP CD in the drive (assuming the machine will boot), click "Start|Run" and type (without quotes) "sfc /scannow"<enter>. This will invoke the system file checker and will examine all your Windows files, replacing any that are corrupt or missing.

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So today i booted my Dell Desktop (XPS 400) running Windows Xp Media Center.

I started the compy and then a black screen popped up saying corrupt or missing system32/config/system file.

then some steps

So, using my vast (not) computer knowledge, i inserted my OS installation disk that came w/ my compy.

I booted from disk and then waited for the Setup and then pressed r to launch the recovery console.

I'm pretty sure this is what im supposed to be doing.

But now i have a prompt saying


Which Windows installation would you like to log onto?

I'm not sure what to type here.


A:Corrupt Or Missing System32/config/system File

Do i press 1 and hit enter? or what.... someone help me.

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Hi all,

My brother's laptop got some major virus so he asked me to reformat and reinstall Windows XP. I went and did the normal routine, format NTSF and reinstalled XP. Besides XP, the only other softwares in the laptop are Office XP, Symantec Anti-virus, Nero, WinZip, Musicmatch and iTunes. For some reason, everytime you start up the machine it tells me that


is corrupt or missing.

So I insert the XP CD and boot from it, do a repair and it will startup fine. But everytime I shut down and boot up again, it tells me the same thing again.

What's going on? Please help me help my brother out.


A:corrupt or missing SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM file

ok, found other thread that lead me to try this

If I don't need to resotre to a previous point do I need to go further than step 1?

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When i attempt to play all my Red Alert games I get these errors saying "you must run the game from it's install directory"

I think its due to me deleting all my Red Alert folders. But the computer thinks it is still installed or something. I go to add/remove progams and the games are there but they wont let me remove them, saying it cannot find them. But it says the file is 600 MB so something has to be here.

I go to Program Files and there is no Westwood: Red Alert2, Yuri's revenge, etc etc Folders.

Any idea what I am to do now?

I appreciate any advice, Thank You.

A:Launcher Config File Missing..? Install directory not found

i had a simular problem, i just re-installed it all n it seemed to work fine

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My friends computer is packed with spy-ware and viruses. I've been trying to clean it up and now I'm getting this message on start up. What should I do. The computer won't even start up. He is running a bootleg version of windows. And his setup disk doesn't seem to help. Is there anyway keep from wiping his hard drive.

Windows could not start because the following file is either missing or corrupt. windows\system32\config\system You can attempt to repair this file by running windows setup using the originally setup CD-ROM. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair.

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

Tell your friend to get a legal copy of Windows, then come back and post again. Closing thread, see forum rules regarding assisting with piracy.

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I need some help with my laptop! When I start to restart my laptop the following message comes up - windows/system32/config/system is missing or corrupted and I can not do anything.
The system can be restored by using the Startup CD and pressing R for recover, but I do not have any cd. The only one I have it the recover cd, but it is my understanding that if I use the recovery cd that I will erase everything from my computer and I can not do this.
I tried to read the other threads about the same problem, but to be honest I do not understand them and I just do not have the startup cd - maybe it is the same as the recovery cd? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you)

A:windows\system32\config\system file missing or corrupted

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Hi guy's,

I'm getting this error message when I try to boot into my xp os for the last couple of days.

I have win98 (c), w2k (e), xp (f).

I have been preparing to reformat the drive (backing up data) as I googled this problem and it seems pretty serious ad/or way above my head in finding a solution.

I can't even get into safe mode on the xp drive. I got into safe-mode in the w2k os and ran chkdsk /f f: but it showed no errors.

To add to the confusion, the beginning of the message reads "Windows 2000 could not start ..." despite the fact that i'm in the XP os!

Just wondered if there was a quick solution that would avoid reformatting. BTW, the boot order is w2k, xp and then win98.


A:The following file is missing or corrupt-\windows\system32\config\sysystemd

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Hi there guys,

I'd really appreciate your help with the following. I've been struggling with this C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt issue for a couple of days, and still haven't been able to resolve it. I've followed the steps recommended in this tutorial

This is what I've done so far:
I've got a copy of KNOPPIX and managed to recover the files I needed the most.
I used the iso.image file to boot my desktop and get into the console recovery utility.
I ran chkdsk (/p and /r) on both C:\ and C:\Windows and both managed 100% completion. I rebooted it, but got the same message:Windows could not start because C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt.
I run Option 3, but there were no Restore Points, none whatsoever!

I do not know if there is something else you could recommend I should do.

Another question: is it possible that the internal hard disk is damaged? My hard disk is a Seagate Barracuda. I'm wondering if I could download Seagate diagnostics tool, here:
via Iceweasel (the internet facility of KNOPPIX Linus Live CD) and then run it to check my desktop internal hard disk. If so, how?

Thank you in advance for any ... Read more

A:C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt

System manufacturer and model?

Did you check the support pages which might exist at the website of the system manufacturer?

<<I've been struggling with this C:\windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt issue...>>

Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - . I believe that the first source of guidance conerning such problems with Windows...should always be Microsoft, not some blog by an entity who may or may not know what he/she is quoting.

<< it possible that the internal hard disk is damaged?>>

Of course it's possible...artifacts are not without human error and even if they were...they can become damaged.

It's also possible that your file system is damaged. Since it is the foundation for the install of Windows...if I wanted to consider all possibilities, I would include it.

Rather than look for extraordinary explanation for what is wrong...I'd investigate the documented problem as described by MS. If I could determine that it the explained behavior has a cause that is not reflected in said documentation...then I would consider things like hardware and malware.


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I've tried inserting the XP sp2 recover disk, but it won't boot to the CD-ROM even after changing the setting in the BIOS and F12 selecting to boot from CD-ROM. It's a Dell 260. the message is following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM .. Ran diagnostic test which said the HDD has passed.. If only I could get to the screen to repair it. any ideas.

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

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Since the recover disk is not going thru boot and booting up I would suggest to change the CMOS battery first then try the procedure over again, also check the recovery disk for any damage like scratches, smudges like finger prints etc.

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