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Windows Cannot Boot - corrupt system file

Q: Windows Cannot Boot - corrupt system file

Hello,I'm really hoping to find the answer to this issue. I've been trying to work it out on my own and have gotten to a rather thick brick wall (for me, anyway. Hopefully it's cake for someone else out there).I recently had to evacuate due to Hurricane Ike. I grabbed my tower, luckily, and ran. The tower was secure in the vehicle, so there was no shuffling around. However, I've plugged the tower into the setup at the place that I am staying, and here is what ensued:Booted up the computer. It booted fine, seemingly. However, once it completely booted, it immediatly shut down and began to reboot. It began to go through the system check that it goes through when the computer is shut down improperly. That is when I got the following message:"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMYou can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-RomSelect 'r' at the first screen to start repair."Which might have worked had all of my CDs and software information not been in the house which got 5'4" of water and have been growing mold for a few weeks now. Even if I had the CD-Rom, however, it would do me no good because my CD drive stopped opening around 2 years ago. (I know it is time for a new computer, but money was tight before, and now that everything in the house has been lost, this computer being able to work for a tiny bit longer would be a godsend).The first information that I found had me tried to boot from last known good configuration. That had no affect at all.So I tried to find an alternative to the CD-Rom setup repair, and found at the Windows site, the floppy version, which I ran on another computer and created the 6 floppies to boot from. I was very hopeful.Then, another snag. When the Windows Setup menu came up, I selected 'r' to repair, and entered the Recovery Console.I put in the command chkdsk and it stated that it was having an issue finding Autochk.exe and wants me to enter the direct path to the file. I've tried alot of different paths, and it hasn't been able to find the missing file. I read somewhere that this was caused by the system files being set to "hidden", but I have no idea how to change their settings when I cannot boot the computer at all, not in safe mode, not in anything that I've been able to find so far. And honestly, I can't even say for sure if that is the true cause of this.When I use the command "DIR" on the D drive, it lists my files (which I was so releived to see where still there, even if I couldn't currently get to them),however, when I use the same command to check the C drive, I get an error: Error occured during directory inumeration.If anyone out there can make sense of any of this, and offer me any help at all, I would be extraordinarilly grateful.Thank you so much for just taking the time to read.-Hoy Polloi

A: Windows Cannot Boot - corrupt system file

where it says To Enter Set up Press Enterpress enter and you can run a full non destructive repair from therepressing R only goes to recovery consolethe recovery cant help here heres a site to help you repair winsdows

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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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I get an error message that the WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file is "missing or corrupt". How do I repair this. I can only boot off the CD and either do a repair/reinstall or DOS repair.

Any advice?

A:Solved: Corrupt system file - Windows will not boot

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Error message is Windows 2000 could not boot because the following file is missing or corrupt - WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\System

When I go into Windows 2000 Setup (off of the Win 2000 Update CD) I can see my drive and all the files on C: including System and System.alt. The directory information shows these 2 files to be the same size --- which is what I'd expect. I guess I'm thinking that if one is corrupt maybe it's size would be altered.

When I try a repair --- so far it doesn't work. I've tried every WIN 2000 Setup repair method that doesn't require an emergency boot floppy because....I don't have one. I have other systems here I can use to create or download a generic one but I'm not sure that this will work for me.
All my bill paying files are on this computer and I need to pay my billls. There must be a way to get this fixed without hauling my PC into a shop --- isn't there? Please help if you can... Thanks!

Okay...I've tried using substitute emergency boot floppies. I can get to the console. I can run Chkdisk. I think I may have a bad boot sector but who knows. I need some tool I can run from the console off of a floppy that can help me diagnose and fix this thing.

I've typed out all the .log files in c:WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG to see if there was anything interesting there. A couple of them seemed to have a sort of a mean-faced icon as the last character in the log file.

I've tried using some tools like ... Read more

A:WIN 2000 Won't Boot-System file missing or corrupt

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When i boot up my computer it doesnt reach the user login screen before it loads of startup repair. It looks for a fix but it doesnt find one. In the diagnosis the only error it shows is 'Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt'. I have booted kaspersky repair disk and run a full scan which found no viruses or malware etc. From the startup repair window i have tried a system restore which had the same problem when attempting to boot. I can only access the system recovery options screen.

I am running windows 7 32bit, and i dont have a windows 7 disk but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7.

I would be grateful for any help to resolve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to boot into Windows 7: Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt

but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7
so burn the win7 iso to dvd and see if you can boot to it and run the repair

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Have an old dual-core 64-bit processor, so I though I'd go with 64-bit this time. Installed the 64-bit RC I got directly from MS, install went OK.

But then ...

Tried to install 64-bit video (ATI) and audio drivers. In both cases, got an error message about the file system being corrupted and being unable to read the files.

Tried the driver installs again after using Vista to copy the files to external USB stick. Same error message.

Tried using Seven to copy the driver installs to the local disk and install from there, Said it couldn't write to the local disk.

So ...

Erased the partition, installed the 32-bit instead. All the drivers and files work OK.

Is this a general problem with the 64-bit RC? I really wanted to try the 64-bit version, but I'd rather have 32-bit that works than 64-bit that doesn't.

And BTW, my audio and video cards are three years old, there are no Windows 7 drivers for them (nor will there be), so I'm using Vista drivers. Could that be the problem? (The 32-bit Vista drivers work with no problem).

Thanks in advance for any advice.

A:Windows 7 64-bit corrupt file system

If you tell us the make and model of your hardware somebody will help!!

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I have a friends laptop here , it has genuine windows 8 on it , i see the windows 8 tag but ,

asfaik the new windows 8 laptops out now no longer have a serial tag sticker anymore , its supposed to be inside the bios somewhere, and i can't find it , which i would need for a full format , since recovery is not working either .

So basically i need help finding where they stored his key inside the bios ?

Edit : the key is stored inside the bios itself and is not attainable afaik, you just have to install the right version of windows 8 and it will activate itself.

Will mark it as solved if format fixed the problem XD.

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Apparently my windows file system is corrupt after performing an SFC /Scannow on my surface pro 3. I decided to go through with a full reset using the windows usb stick i received through Microsoft and for some reason its not fixing my issue.

Attached is the CBS log file. anyone help me out in fixing this please? running win 10 pro 64.

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Windows XP Home EditionHi All,My dad's emachine decided to crash on me. THe machine rebooted and the following message came up:Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Hmmm... I searched for this error on google and found the Microsoft note: I followed the steps of copying the files using my XP CD from the recovery console (Part 1) and then when it said to reboot in safe mode, I got the lsass.exe error:Lsass.exeWhen trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correctNow, I can't login in as the Administrator account because my password (actually I did not have one before) is no longer correct. So I can't even connect to the recovery console because it also asks for the administrator password. So now I am stuck and do not know what to do. I also tried to connect the hard drive to one of my other PCs but the PC did not pick it up. So I am lost now.I would appreciate any help from you guys. You guys helped me a lot last time my laptop was infected and I really appreciated it.Thanks.

A:Windows XP system file is corrupt...

If you did not set up a password...just hit Enter when prompted for such in the Recovery Console.FWIW: Error message when you log on to Recovery Console in Windows XP The password is not valid - .Louis

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Hi there guys I have Windows 7 RC and have been using it it for months without any problems.

I installed Microsofts new AV program and that was running fine, I guess. Today I installed a wireless keyboard and was playing around with it and the system crashed. I restarted it and when it came to the boot screen (mine is dual boot with Vista) it just restarted. Tried Vista it came up with boot load error. I tried the RC disc to repair and first it said it fixed it but tried again and nothing. So I was thinking about re installing OS again, went through the setup and windows said it could not install on disk 0 partition 1 as that had a boot system, it just would not show that HD at all even though it has other partitions. When to the motherboard setting and there it only shows 1 WD HD and the Pioneer DVD-ROM. My system consists of the following
1 X Samsung 1TB, several partitions inc OS for both Win 7 and Vista
1 X WD 2TB, 2 partitons
1 X WD 2TB, no partitions

The Samsung did not show up nor did the other WD
I have now opened the case and plugged the samsung via USB to my XP machine and all partitions show up, on Win 7 the boot file is messed up and the Vista partition has no boot file at all.

How do I fix this guys. I dont mind re-installing Win 7 but there must be another way to do this, any help on this will be much appreciated thanks in advance guys

The WIN 7 OS partition, has a bootmsq file which is messed up, what does an original WIN 7 Boot msq file look like

A:Boot File for Windows 7 Corrupt, please help

Can you use something like EasyBCD running from your XP box, but linked to the other HDD?

I don't have my W7 or Vista box with me now, so I can't remember how the bootloader works on them off hand.

I guess another thing would be to try and load W7 on a USB drive and see if you can gain access to those two partitions. If so, worst case, backup the data, fix the partitions, and then overlay the data to get it back.

Also, have you tried doing the following??

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I'll try and put in as much detail as possible, so it's easier to solve the problem.

Computer Specs

Intel Duo 6200 2.something ghz
2gb DDR Ram
Sata Hard Drive
2 x SLI Nvidia GTs

Computer is about 2-3 years old, faily good condition, been reformatted a few times, never had any real problems before (apart from occasional virus).

Basically, past few days one of the graphics card had a slight over heating problem, reaching about 80 degrees at some points and cuasing games to lag a tiny bit every few mins, not too bad. Fans all worked properly, everything else ok, computer showed no sign of impending doom lol.
This morning, I was basically using my computer and a few odd things happened. Firstly, the mouse stopped working and the red light on the mouse dissapeared ( i assume loss of power), then the keyboard stopped working and then after that the screen/pc froze for about 20 seconds. Then some kind of BSOD, and my pc tried to dump physical memory or something. I let it do this, then it restarted itself. Unfortunately, it came up with this message

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

It also said, that I could press R to try and repair file from Disk/Setup files


every time i press/pressed R, it hung for a few seconds on a black screen, then computer restarted itself.

I tried safe mode etc, but literally cannot get past that screen, computer restarts itself ... Read more

A:[Help] Missing/Corrupt Windows/System File + More

Hi .

Seems to be varied ideas of how to fix.

Do you have an XP install CD or a Recovery Console bootable CD? Recovery/restore CDs will not do the job, IMO.


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

Thank you for any advice!

A:Corrupt System File - Cannot Start Windows

I would try connecting the drive to a second system as a secondary drive...then running the chkdsk /r by following the guidance under Starting Check Disk at CHKDSK Utility -

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

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

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

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


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

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I'm receiving a <windowsroot>system32/hal.dll missing or corrupt error upon startup.
i've tried about 5 different suggested solutions from the Microsoft website and none have worked so far. I tried to boot using the Microsoft xp CD and then hit R for the recovery the recovery console i tried some solutions such as chkdsk /p and / well as fixboot......fixmbr and finally expand and copying the file into the c: drive.....nothing has worked so far.......i also went the other route....instead of hitting r for the recovery console i tried to reinstall xp but after i got through the first few steps and hit F8 to agree to the terms....i was only left with the choice of installing on one of the 2 partitions...i then received a warning that the partition i installed on would be formatted and all data erased.....the issue here is that although i do have most data backed up....there are a number of files that unfortunately i didn't back up...anyone out there have any suggestions....


A:windows xp will not boot....missing or corrupt file

i also should mention that when i power up the computer....without the windows xp just goes directly to a black screen with the not even sure how to access the recovery partition of my hard drive anymore

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Having many problems after windows crashed and seems to be "invsible" on hard drive ...after running chkdsk /r using WIN XP CD and recovery console I am now getting

Windows could not boot because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>system32\hal.dll

Please re-install a copy of the above file

Have tried the recommended MS fix .using XP CD and "expand d:\i386 " command but I am getting "the system canot find the file or directory specified".

Any ideas ? I think my HDD is either damaged or has picked up malware implying it is damaged but data (apart from OS) may be intact...don't want to reinstal from recovery and lose data (although "my documents" folder has been backed up to external HDD) if I can repair XP but seems not to be possible. Using repair from recovery console doesn't show any current WIN XP installation and C partition seems to be "empty" (shows 148mb of 160mb HDD "free")

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

Try booting from one of these. Don't even bother trying to replace the "missing" file because it is probably not missing and there are 7 choices of hal.dll decided upon at setup, so you may get the wrong one.

Bootable XP Sysboot Floppy and CD Images

These will give you a menu for boot and you choose the partition and drive. Most will be the first choice. If it boots, then we just need to fix your boot.ini or other boot files.

Can you give us the make and model? Do you have a SATA drive?

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So one day I turn on my PC and windows tells me i've got corrupt files and should use recovery console to repair the corrupted files. I get my trusty XP cd and pop it in and go to recovery console, seems like chkdsk fails immediately saying "one or more areas are unrecoverable etc" so that isn't good, usually means my HD is about to die or is dead.

So I take out the HD and pop it into an external and power up. I see all the partitions fine and can transfer my files off (just in case). Now I'm wondering if its possible to fix the corrupted files while i'm accessing it through the external. It seems all the tools that are recommended to fix corrupting in windows directory are either, chkdsk or run from when you can actually boot (SFC - system file checker : is there a way to run this on the usb partition?) into safe mode at least (which i can't). Is there any way to save my install?

Thanks in advance.

A:XP won't boot - Corrupt Windows/system files

You can try this

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I have a Median M3 Director 4500 computer, and a file got disrupted, my computer says I need the windows setup CD to replace it, sadly I don't have it. I am not sure how large of a disruption it is and I lost all of the other CDs that came with that computer.


You didn't mention what version of Windows you're running (XP, Vista, W/7)? Download the ISO Image for Drive Fitness in my signature and burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature, boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and extended tests on the HDD.

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I wonder if anyone can help with this problem

I have a Toshiba Protege laptop, at boot up I get the error message 'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:


It suggests trying a repair from windows CD.

When I boot to windows xp pro cd, there is no option to repair, only option is new install

I also have bootable cd with a load of tools on, I have tried running chkdsk and it says the disk is RAW.

Any ideas, would it simply be a case of copying the file from another machine or is the file machine or user specific.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



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

Is the Windows XP CD the one that came with the PC?

If not it may be way you don't find a R (repair) option.

But a re-install will fix the problem as well without affecting your data, for details see:

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Okay, wile logged into Windows, the IDE cable that is connected to my HD went bad. I double checked this by replacing the cable and seeing if the BIOS could see it, which it could. When I tried to log back into Windows however I got this message...


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

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup
using the orginal Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I'm not sure how this works. Do I hit 'r' at the blue screen after it loads all the drivers or do let it setup and I will get a chance to choose a repair option. The error only effects Windows. I know for sure because I have a Linux partition that works fine. I have my orgainl Windows XP CD- ROM. Does anyone know the steps to fix this?

Windows XP SP2 (Fully upgraded)(CD-ROM is the orginal XP SP1 disk)

Thanks in advance...


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

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Hey guys,

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

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

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

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

Cheers in advanced guys

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

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

Follow the procedures here:

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

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This is the message I get when I try to access my computer:

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 &#8216;r&#8217; at the first screen to start repair.

I'm going through the steps in this link:

And I got completely lost at step 3 for part one. Problem is, my Windows folder, for whatever reason, is on my H:/ drive. However, it only gives me the "1" option to access the C:/ drive, which my windows folder is NOT located in. What do I do now?

A:Solved: System file missing/corrupt in Windows XP!

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Could any one help me - my laptop suddenly gave me while opening windows XP
c:\windows\system32\config\system file is maybe missing or corrupt.

please help what can i do to restart my windows - i have a bootable windows XP cd but i don't know what to do.


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I am unable to boot from my master HDD (Seagate SATA). I get the message that Windows\System32\Conf\System File is corrupt. Using my OEM Win XP Home Edition SP1 disc I tried to activate R but I get a message that no hard drive is detected. The same thing happens if I try to load Windows option. I removed the HDD and using an external enclosure attached the HDD via USB to a laptop to see if the disc works and it does at it recognises all the Windows folders.

I have used another HDD and loaded Windows to get my system running. Can I copy the System32\config\ files from this working version of Windows to the corrupt version. Any help appreciated.

A:Windows\System32\Conf\System File corrupt

When using the windows install disk, you have to press F6 and put sata driver in the drive. The sata driver should be on the cd that came with your mobo.

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So sometime randomly during the night, my computer restarted itself due to like finish installing some Windows updates, then I awake to find my computer in the setup recovery screen! This is not the first time this has happened! This EXACT same problem occurred about 2-3 days ago, so what I do is I check to see what the setup repair had found and apparently A file called " D:\ci.dll " is a critical boot file & it's corrupt, and now I don't know what to do!? I don't have ANY restore points, no recovery disc, and have no idea what to do which is why I came here. Should I get the file from the same version of Windows 7 from a different computer I have & replace it using Linux booting off a CD? Or what would be the best solution? Because last time, the same file was corrupt, and I did a system restore, btw, if it helps, I have an Acer, 6Gb of Ram, Windows 7 64Bit, 3.2Ghz AMD processor, AMD Radon 6570.
Thanks for ANY Answers

A:Windows 7 boot file is corrupt? Second time this has happened!?

yeah the file ci.dll is the base code integrity module.

you can try this for the moment to see if it settles the problem with a windows file.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX280. I moved recently, and after moving, I got a message saying that WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is missing or corrupt. It worked fine before I moved. I ran chkdsk, and everything turns up fine and dandy. I had a second hard drive in this computer, and I removed it. The error still comes up. About two weeks before I moved, I installed a new DVD drive, but this computer went through many startup/shutdown sequences while still at my old place and it worked fine. I tried running Ultimate Boot CD, and that won't work either. I get this message when I try to boot into UBCD:[quote]A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer. Technical information:*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78CE52B, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) [\quote]I haven't tried to repair windows because I don't have any way to get some of my non-backuped files off that drive right now if something messes up. (My fault, at least I had the sense to back up my photos before the move). And since I can't boot into windows,... Read more

A:Can't boot into windows: system32\config\system corrupt

Hi, i know a way that you may be able to recover some files..

Download a Boot Disk (live CD) from Ubuntu. download it and put the ISO onto a disk, this will allow you to get into the pc and look at the folders on the windows side of things.. you DONT need to format to get this OS working. after you have the files simply put them onto a Ext HDD

You could try a windows repair but try a /fix mbr and /fix boot if poss. if not just repair it should just replace the missing file if not, format. but simple really.. use ubuntu to grab ur files..

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windows 7

bootmgr image is corrupt the system can not boot

dell inspiron 1545

i lost the disk to fix this issue
is there a place to get a download onto a flash drive to fix this issue
im stuck with no where to go please help

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Last night I tried to watch a video on youtube, but the clip would pause after a second and no audio would play. Also one of my sub picture folders had become corrupted a few days ago. A similar problem occurred a couple weeks ago. I made a topic here and was told to schedule a chkdsk. I did and it fixed the problem. Since my computer always runs chkdsk at boot for some reason, I restarted my computer and let chkdsk run. I then got a dos looking screen that said "file windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt." My jaw hit the floor.

Using a PlayStation 3, I went online for a solution. I found a forum that said to boot up the Windows CD and press 'r' to begin the recovery. it then press '1' and type "chkdsk /p" Then type "fixboot" Finally reboot, press F8 and choose "Last known good configuration" I did all this and got the same problem, a corrupt windows\system32\config\system file message.

Then to top it off, my Windows CD stopped booting up! It would say it's loading but then take me to the same corrupt windows\system32\config\system file screen. I later read that som OEMs won't be able to get back into the Recovery Console if you do a fixboot. I don't even know what an OEM is?

Finally I got the CD to boot up to the blue setup screen by pressing F8 repeatedly. I'm going to wait on this screen for futher instructions.

Also, my current so... Read more

A:My Windows\system32\config\system File Is Corrupt. My Windows Cd Has Trouble Booting.

What options are you offered on the setup screen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hey my computer gets this
Windows will not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select ?R? at the first screen to start repair

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

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

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

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Hey guys:

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3. I got up today went to turn on the computer and that's what it said, "C:\Windows\System32\config\system - file is missing or corrupt? Please run the boot cd try to fix the problem." After a bunch of googling, I assume that it's a registry problem. I think I need to do something in the System Volume Information folder, but, I'm not positive.

I did put in the original XP cd and tried to do a system repair. The computer freezes and needs to be re-booted before it ever gets to the point where it says, "Welcome to Windows Setup". A couple of times it made it to..."Windows is Starting Up". And then I get a big blue screen of death.

Also tried to run the self-extracting Guided Help program from Microsoft (307545.exe), but that looks like it installs itself and then says,"Guided help cannot be downloaded right now." I tried that a lot of times.

I have seen some manual instructions on what needs to be done, but they assume that you can get to the Recovery Console. I don't believe that I can.

I can, however get on the drive when it's connected to a different computer as a slave drive. Any suggestions would be great. I might even consider throwing the thing in the garbage as a positive suggestion!!!


A:C:\Windows\System32\config\system - file is missing or corrupt?

<<...but they assume that you can get to the Recovery Console. I don't believe that I can...>>Why not? Is your disk clean? Is it damaged?Typically, the error you reported is a registry problem.C0000218 Registry File Failure - Corrupted Registry, Config.sys Missing or Corrupt - Corrupted Registry - In any can download the XP Recovery Console and burn it to disk, following the instructions at How to Create a Bootable XP Recovery Console CD - would then be able to follow the suggestions provided in the links above.I would be concerned about the error you report when attempting your repair. IMO, that could indicate a hardware problem possibility, hard to tell since you provided no info on the BSOD.Louis

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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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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?

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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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My daughter shut my computer down over the weekend and when I started it up yesterday, I received an Error message that said File is Missing or Corrupt. Please help!
How do i fix this problem? I desperately need my computer. I have googled some solutions and I came across your website. PLEASE HELP! I CAN'T FUNTION WITHOUT MY COMPUTER.

A:Windows\System 32\Config\Software File Missing or Corrupt

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Hi everyone,

I have been attempting to fix my friend's laptop after it stopped loading Windows correctly yesterday. It apparently froze on her and when she rebooted it, it would come up with a screen that said:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writeable

I attempted to solve this by replacing the hive files through the Recovery Console. However, I then found that the source of the problem was that C:\Windows\System32\config\system
file is missing and I haven't been able to replace it. Now, when I try to start Windows normally (or in Safe Mode, etc.) I recieve the message:

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

My friend has a lot of files that she really needs so I wanna try solving this without reformatting. Any ideads or advice?
Thanks for the help!

A:File is missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System

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I have an Acer Aspire One netbook that is telling me that windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. It then goes on to say that I can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM, however, there are no cd-rom slots on the netbook and I don't recall doing anything when I received it, other than following a few on-screen commands and I was ready to go. Anyone have any suggestions?

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

Hi - not an easy one to solve - at the best of times.
You will either need - a USB external hard drive and an Xp Cd - to try and repair the installed operating system.

Or you can use - Alt + F10 - But this will take your netbook back to factory settings.
And All data - files and programs will be lost

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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.

"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".

What should I do. The computer won't even start up. I don't know if he is running a bootleg version of windows or not. And his setup disk doesn't seem to help. Is there anyway keep from wiping his hard drive.

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

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I'm on an older computer with Windows 2000 which has been working fine. Today, in the middle of doing nothing out of the ordinary, I got a blank screen. So I rebooted and was served up this error message: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair. I don't have the Setup disc but I do have the original program disc - but it wouldn't read it and keeps giving me the same error. I can't even start is Safe Mode. Any ideas?

A:Windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt

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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

Welcome to TSF....

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

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Hello! I am having major difficulties. I turned my PC off and when turning it back on I get this message:

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

It states that I can put in the originial setup CD-ROM and select 'r' to start repair but that doesn't help me. My laptop did not come with a windows cd as I bought it preloaded from BestBuy. So about 4 years ago when my computer was overcome with the Sasser worm, I reformatted and loaded a friend of mine's Win XP Pro cd on my laptop. I still have the CD but when I hit 'r' (Boot partition recovery) it does its little DOS thing and then gives me a Disk I/O Error. I am thinking that maybe it is trying to boot from a floppy drive and not my CD drive and thats why I am getting the I/O error???

I don't know how to get around this....any suggestions?


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

Wierd enough, but I got it to boot up. I put in another Win XP cd I had and it didnt even ask me to reload windows or anything, it just booted up to my desktop as if nothing happened. I am going to back up everything I can right now and hope that it doesn't happen again. Thanks to those who may be helping me out as I type this message.

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Hi there!

Would someone help me with this problem. I turned on my PC this morning and when it started it shuts down on its own unexpected, everything just went off then it rebooted itself and this message shows up:

Windows could not start because the following files are missing or curropt:

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I hope to receive your kind replies. Thank you!

By the way, I forgot what the installer CD looks like in case I need to use it. There's one here that's labelled Intel Express Installer CD, is this it? My system is running on Windows XP SP2.

A:File missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

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

This is the error message i have.

I have a copy of windows xp pro.

i have no backup disk.

I tried doing this:

At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

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

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

Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.
Note This procedure assumes that Windows XP is installed to the C:\Windows folder. Make sure to change C:\Windows to the appropriate windows_folder if it is a different location.
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A:help with: The following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

hmmm.......can you get into safe mode? do you have a windows xp disk? when you get one, go into safe mode and then click on start -> run -> and then type in "sfc /scannow" without the "" and make sure the windows xp cd is in the cdrom drive.

see if the command i gave you fixes the problem. basically it checks the system files and replaces any missing or corrupt file, good luck.

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Hi , i have had the error message file missing or corrupt/WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG|SYSTEM , it says to load xp setup and then hit r when prompted to start repair , however every time i try to do this it just reboots and takes me back to the same message. I have tried booting from cd with xp disc and service pack2 but i dont get any setup screen/options and no option to repair. I really do not want to lose this machine as it has all my own self produced music on it and in the past i have lost 2 machines full of tracks to other hardware related problems. So if anyone has had a simlar problem and knows how to fix it your help would be very much appreciated.

thanks, pete

A:File missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM help please

There is no option to repair during setup if the system registry hive is damaged.

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

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I am having issues booting my windows 7 (service pack 1) laptop and I have been online trying fixes for hours. Based on the evidence it seems I most likely have a corrupt ntdll.dll in my system32 folder. One forum I read said to get the file from a computer with the same installation of windows and replace it using the recovery console. I tried this, but I get the message:

"The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user-mapped section open."

I assume this means some process has the file open. If this is the case, is there any way I can close it to copy over the corrupt version?

(All my restore points failed, startup recovery failed, sfc said it fixed corrupt files, but issue persists, and diskcheck said no problems so I am really out of options)


A:Replace corrupt system file from windows 7 recovery console

We should be able to fix this, but first I need to see a report from the System File Checker and we can go from there, follow the instructions below to run the check and post the log produced.
System File Checker
Click on Start and type cmd in the search box. Right click on cmd in the popup menu and select Run as Administrator.
Another box will open, at the Command Prompt, type sfc /scannow and press Enter. (Note the gap between the c and the /)
Let the check run to completion. DO NOT reboot the PC or close the cmd window.
Copy & Paste the following command at the Command Prompt and press Enter:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt
This will place a file on your desktop called sfcdetails.txt which contains the results of the scan.
Copy and Paste the contents of the file into your next post.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does nobody know???

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


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

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I have Windows 7 Professional installed on a Dell Latitude E6510 laptop, and it has a corrupt boot sector on the disk partition. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my repair attempt. Here's how far I got:

When I typed in: bootrec.exe /fixmbr
It responded with: The operation completed successfully.

Good! However, with the next command: bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
It responded with:
Could not open the volume root directory:
The parameter is incorrect.

Before I attempted the steps above, I utilized the 'Startup Repair' utility. It yielded the following Problem Signature (if this is useful):


Problem Signature:

Problem Event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem Signature 1:
Problem Signature 2:
Problem Signature 3: unknown
Problem Signature 4: 0
Problem Signature 5: unknown
Problem Signature 6: 1
Problem Signature 7: unknown

OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033


I really don't want to reformat the hard drive, and I was wondering if there were any other method(s) I could utilize. Thanks and my appreciation in advance!

Thanks and take care.

-- KGM1973 --

A:Corrupt boot sector for system disk partition (Windows 7 Pro)

If at all possible, I would recommend that you do a full backup of the drive just in case. Like maybe taking the HDD out, plugging it into another computer as a secondary drive, and using DriveImageXML to take a copy of the contents which you can then browse the content of, for later on if you really need to.

Try off a Ubuntu CD or USB (links are in my signature), and then this:
How to fix your Windows MBR with an Ubuntu liveCD*|*ArsGeek

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first off im a newb im not very good at this hence my problem

its an HP g6000 nothing modified.... other than a new screen due to breaking 3 years ago

ok so i decided to turn my old laptop on that for some reason (i cant remember) stopped working 2 years ago
ive decided to use it as a basic home system

it came on and went straight to windows boot manager giving me a 3 step solution to a problem

1. insert windows installation disc and restart computer.
2. choose language settings and the click next.
3 click repair your computer.

file: \windows\system32\config\system

status: 0xc0000225

info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.
i dont know what this means but i dont have the install disc so i got an iso online and put it on to a 8gb flash (previously using rufus)

ive plugged it in and nothing happens just goes back to error and same 3 steps

please help

A:windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt

ive now made a boot disc which is also failing to work..

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I often get the 'blue screen of death', but as of yesterday, it was the last straw with my computer.

I was on my computer when suddenly I got my blue screen. After turning off the computer and turning it back on, I got a message saying:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

Now, every time I try to start the computer, this screen comes up.

I did some research, but I am **** out of luck. I don't have the original XP Setup CD (I have a genuine copy though). I tried downloading an ISO copy of another XP Setup and burn it to a CD, but it still did not boot.

I tried using the 'Xpress Recovery' option that my Gigabyte motherboard offers from pressing F9 at the start of the computer, but when I enter the program the keyboard doesn't seem to work. I also don't have the original MB driver CD (sigh).

What do I do? This is the first time I have ever had a problem with a computer that I can't fix myself.

A:\windows\system32\config\system file is corrupt/missing, what to do?[Resolved]

Also, I just found my WinXP Setup CD, but when it asks me to press any key to boot from a CD, it still wont respond even if I strike every single key.

Its as if my computer forgot it has a keyboard to respond to...

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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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Hey all,

Dropped my Asus eee netbook XP/Linux box the other day.
Added a new admin user to get it connected w/ vista laptop via crossover cable.
Had some problems after that & some hard reboots finally ending in the "File is missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System" on boot .
Tried getting access thru Linux, boot no problem but could not get to that dir.
Removed Seagate drive from netbook & connected to vista box via usb.
Ran chkdsk /x from cmd & let run all night. FAIL with lack of disk space. Tried to find the failed chkdsk files w/o luck.
Read about chkdsk on this site & will NEVER use it again

Read about rebuilding hives on this site but there are only 2 files in the netbook drive's System Volume Information dir....

I can get my data off the drive

Is there any hope to revive the XP OS?


A:File is missing or corrupt: C:\Windows\System32\Config\System CHKDSK

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I've come across this problem with my computer (dell desktop):

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

I've tried everything I've found recommended, but I can't seem to get it to work. The only steps that seems to work for me were from this site:;en-us;307545

Under "Step 1", part 5 it directs me to copy and delete a list of files. I've completed as far as deleting all the files. When I get to the task of copying the "repair" files, I get the following response:

"The system cannot find the file specified."

I suspect I don't have such files in C drive, and i and also tried to no avail "copy c:\wndows\repair\system.bak c:\windows\system32\config\system"

moreover, I am also not able to get into safe mode.

bad news for me so that I have not backup about 6 months of data and files which I still need to use. I m starting to suspected my hard disk is seriously corrupted.

While I can easily follow explicit directions, I'm no rocket scientist when it comes to PC's. pl explain in layman terms. thanks!

Expert advice is greatly appreciated!


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

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Had something like a virus on my computer called 2.exe. I was given advice by someone on here that is adware removal certified to download AVG. I used it, no problems. A month or so later started having more symtoms of a virus, I ran AVG again and it told me I had adware, I removed the adware. Started having more problems, now when I try to start my computer it says can not open windows Winnt\system\Config\Systemced file missing or corrupt. Is ther somewhere I can get this file without the Windows Cd? Please help.

A:Windows won't open. Winnt\system32\Config\System file corrupt or missing

Hi, welocme to TSG,

you should post this in the W2k/Xp forum as you have a Operating system problem!

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A friend of mine's computer won't start due to a system32 file corruption problem. She gets an error message reading "...the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system. You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM. Select 'R' at the first screen to start repair." She doesn't have the original setup CD-ROM and when she selects R nothing happens. If she tries to start in safe mode the same thing happens. She can't get online to access Compaq online tech support and phone tech support would cost her $40+. Any suggestions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

hiya,go here could be

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Alright, I have the C:\Windows\system32\config\system file that is corrupt/missing and I am unable to start up my computer. I've read the forums about this one, but my problem is different. Apparently, I have a SATA drive and Windows XP pro is installed. I only have a Windows XP home disk. When I try to use the Windows Home disk and Recovery Console, it says that no Hard Disk Drive is detected. From what I understand, it doesn't detect my SATA. Any tips on what to do? And no I do not have a Windows XP pro cd.

A:C:\Windows\System32\config\system file is corrupt help, Hard drive disk not detected

Hi Sigzen and welcome to TSF,

XP home will normally detect a serial HD. The BIOS is where the interface for that is maintained. USB might be a different story. It's likely that if you had a pro CD, it would tell you the same thing if you tried to get into the Recovery Console. Why don't you see if the BIOS sees the HD? If it sees it, home should see it also. If BIOS don't list the harddrive, then you might have a bad harddrive or bad connection.

Before anything else was tried, I would try Last Known Good Configuration in the Advanced Boot window. Tap F8 at early boot to get the menu. If that fails try the other boot options. If they fail, then look in the BIOS for the drive there.

If no drive, open the computer and reseat the data and power cables to the HD. Also, reseat the data cable at the motherboard. Be Very careful to touch bare case metal before reseating the cables. If that don't work, download the Disk Manufacturers Diagnostic CD file and run it.

If you must run the Recovery Console, you can download UBCD4WIN and burn it to a CD. It is a CD based windows that will boot and let you work on your computer, including running the Recovery Console.

Hope this helps,
Best regards,

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After getting my laptop (esystem) back from a charlatan that wanted to charge me 80 quid for getting rid of my bios password, i found the password and found that windows xp had been installed on it! the os was vista, i tried to reinstall vista but to no avail due to a message saying : windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt staus 0xc00000e9 file: windows\system32\drivers\acpi.sys
ican't get past this
any help would be appriciated, thanks.

A:Critical system driver is missing or corrupt staus 0xc00000e9 file: windows\system32\

hm ... I think that is referring to your HDD drivers. If you don't have a drivers disk already, then:

1.) Enter your BIOS
2.) Write down the make and model of your HDD
3.) Download the drivers for your HDD from it's manufacturer's website.
4.) Burn the driver to a disk (a jump drive might work, I can't remember)
5.) Your Windows installation menu should have a "load drivers" option some where.

EDIT: Nice catch, Archean! My tired brain didn't pick-up on that time-saving possibility.

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

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

Your registry has become corrupt

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

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


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A few days ago, after a windows automatic update, my computer is no longer able to boot. It returns this message: ...\Windows\System32\Drivers\zeqpju.sys system file missing or corrupt. I have tried to do a recovery several times with no luck, I've tried everything I know to do in safemode and dos, I've even tried every method possible on the spotmau cd, but I still get the same bs!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also, I cannot locate any information concerning the zeqpju.sys you know where I can get this file, so that I can try to replace the matching corrupt file on my system?


A:help with Vista Home Basic oem system failure corrupt system file.

In most cases if you can't locate any information on a file (especially dll's or exe's) that's because it's a virus. The error is most likely there because your antivirus software removed the file, but didn't remove the startup entry.

I would suggest either posting over in the Security forums ( System Security - Vista Forums ) or contemplating a backup, wipe and reinstall of Vista.

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A few days ago, after a windows automatic update, my computer is no longer able to boot. It returns this message: ...\Windows\System32\Drivers\zeqpju.sys system file missing or corrupt. I have tried to do a recovery several times with no luck, I've tried everything I know to do in safemode and dos, I've even tried every method possible on the spotmau cd, but I still get the same bs!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also, I cannot locate any information concerning the zeqpju.sys you know where I can get this file, so that I can try to replace the matching corrupt file on my system?


A:help with Vista Home Basic oem system failure corrupt system file.

Hello eliteboy,
I have had a look for the zeqpju.sys file and cant find any info on it anywhere. Are you sure that is how it is spelt ?.

There are a couple of things to try.
First open a command prompt as administrator and type sfc/scannow press enter and let it scan, if errors are found you will have to scan again until clean.

If that does not work, try a startup repair with the Vista disk.
Follow this link to a tutorial.

Startup Repair

If you don't have a disk, go here.

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don?t Have One - How-To Geek

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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When stating Win 2000 I get a message that reads missing or corrupt C:\winnt\system\config\system-ced file
I am instructed to intall the win 2000 disk and hit "R" for a repair but I keep getting asked for the Emergency Repair Disk. I dont have one or how do I make one. Please help thanks in advance.

?? What causes this error and how can I keep it from happening again because I think this happened before but I dont recall how I resovled it.

A:Missing or corrupt C:\winnt\system\config\system-ced file

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I have Windows 8.1windows resource protection found corrupt files but was not able to fix some of them Details are included in the CBS.logwindir\Logs\CBS\CBS.logFor example c:\Windows\[/size]logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently supported offline. I am having trouble restoring a corrupt file. And no that article didnt help.I need to know what to do in simple step by step instrutions.

A:System file checker found a corrupt file

I don't know whether you are still having problems...but you might find help in this thread, which addresses a similar, if not the same, error.
Thanks a Million!

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So I've done some research but after being thoroughly confused I figured I would make a thread about it.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 with XP SP2 installed. Served me pretty faithfully for three years, then recently I had to force a shutdown by holding down the power button. Usually this causes no problems, but this time when I started it back up it wouldn't boot into Windows, instead telling me that "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". I can get into the Recovery Console and that's about it.

I saw a similar entry on Microsoft's support website, but it had a warning for computers with XP installed by the OEM (which is mine). I also can't seem to locate an XP Recovery Disk that supposedly came with the laptop.

Is there some way to fix the problem (which apparently is registry-related) without erasing all my data, and without a Recovery Disk? Any advice is most appreciated.

A:xp wont boot, says "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" is corrupt

Just an update: I was in the Recovery Console, and ran C:\WINDOWS>chkdsk /p. It finished checking without any issues, and it didn't fix anything when I exited and rebooted.

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My Seagate 120gb hdd after runnin diagnostic tool at seagates website says that the file system is corrupt. Any one know how to fix this???

A:file system corrupt. pls how to fix???

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When i load windows xp i get an error which says the system file is dmagaed or corrupt. I can only turn my computer on with the xp install disk and access the recovery console. is there a way for me to copy a fresh system file from the disc into the windows\system32\config\ directory?

A:corrupt system file

You can copy it from


You may need to reinstall some of your programs after...

Note: be sure to back up the originals before removing them;en-us;307545

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I run AVG AntiVirus 2014 on my computer and it detected a threat that it could not remove. The object name is C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\dump_iaStor.sys
Since my antivirus could not remove it I tried doing a system restore, but windows states that the system restore failed because of a corrupt system file. Unfortunately I do not have back up discs for my Windows 7 home premium. My laptop is an HP ProBook 4530s.
I'm not concerned with saving the data on my laptop exactly, I would rather save the computer itself.
Any suggestions?

A:Corrupt system file need help

Welcome to the forums Conor255!

Have you tried running a sfc/scannow to look for and possibly repair corrupt system files? We have many excellent tutorials here at the forums, heres one on how to do that if you haven't before, just click on the link : SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Hope this helps

You could also try this :

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Hello there,

I have a custom built desktop that's running windows 8.1 has two HD's; a boot and a secondary. Currently my secondary drive is coming up with an "Restart to repair drive errors" message, that will not go away no matter how much I restart or run CHKdsk.

Furthermore the system freezes up when I attempt to access programs or files from the secondary drive and not even Task Manager seems to terminate the frozen programs. Usually I have to wait about 5 minutes for the program to close, sometimes it won't close at all. If I try to run CHKDSK or repair from the windows install disc I get a "systems locked" message. I can run these from boot, just not from disc. Odd...regardless the ones run from boot or from inside the OS don't seem to help. The system will also fail to boot and restart if I attempt to run it in safe mode and my only restore points are recent ones so that doesn't seem to help.

This all started after a series of failed windows updates and became progressively worse when my son tried to load on extra security apps.

Anyone mind trying to tackle this one? I greatly appreciate any help. We stand to lose quite a bit of data.

A:Help with corrupt OS or File System?

Hello Mrs J and Welcome to PCHF .
Let's check your HDD. Download and run CrystalDiskinfo then post the result here (as screenshot)

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I've looked through the forums and found different answer but none so far has worked.

I ran the SFC /Scannow many times and got this message
"Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log."

I restarted after each time too. I tried to run the dism or Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth in command prompt in admin but this is what I got.....
This was on 40% from 12am and its now 7am......still only on 40%. Is this normal?

A:Hello, please help me with corrupt system file?

Depending on how fast your PC is. DISM can take a long time to run and hangs at certain point but 7 hours at the same spot is way to long. What I suspect is your HD might be corrupted or having some bad spots. Try to run: chkdsk /r C: from the admin command prompt. The PC will reboot and run it offline. This might take hours to complete and sometimes it will hang at one spot for a long time, so you just have to be patient...

After running chkdsk. Try DISM again.

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So, the other day I decided I would try to make a bootable flash drive with ubuntu on it. I got it to work on my PC, but when I went back to windows it did a disk check and repaired some things, and after restarting it I got the following error:


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


Ubuntu still works from the flash drive, and I was able to transfer all of my important files to an external hardrive.

I tried using my windows XP installation disk and using the repair mode on the setup, but none of the solutions I tired worked. Yesterday, following directions from here I got the error "Access denied" when I tried any of the copy commands.

For some reason today when I tired the same thing I got a blue screen with the error:


Setup did not find any hard dish drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Steup, press F3.

when I pressed 'r' on the setup to get into repair mode.

I also tried reformatting my PC, but I wasn't able to because it wasn't recognizing my C drive for some reason.

I got the instructions for my linux flash drive at Boot and run Lin... Read more

A:Corrupt system file

I would test the hard drive because they can be very temperamental (or is that just mental?) beasts, even failing completely for no apparent reason. You need to be certain that is or isn't the case before looking elsewhere for the cause of your problem.

Most hard drive manufacturer's have their own diagnostic software but since all hard drives use similar technology & components, you can use Seagate SeaTools which Seagate themselves assure us can be used to test any brand of hard drive.

To test the system drive (which is currently not working) you'll need to download SeaTools for DOS which runs from a bootable CD so doesn't need Windows:
Go here and click the "Downloads" tab: SeaTools | Seagate

When you've downloaded the SeaTools for DOS ISO file, download IMGBurn from here:
Download ImgBurn -

Install IMGBurn on a working PC and use it to create a CD from the SeaTools ISO file (use a CD-R, not CD-RW as most systems won't boot from re-writable discs unless they've been closed and finalised, which means you may as well use a CD-R in the first place).

Now boot your faulty PC from that CD-R to test the hard drive. use the "Long" or "Extended" test if available, not the short test which is less thorough.

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Here is what happened:
1. The power to my computer was cut off while the computer was running and my external drive was in use.
2. When the power returned, I booted the computer. I right-clicked the drive letter for my external drive, selected properties, and then selected error checking. I did the same for the system. Both scans took 1 to 2 minutes each and reported no errors.
3. I allowed the computer to go to sleep.
4. When I woke the computer, it froze while loading a user and then crashed.
5. I ran sfc /scannow. Error(s) were found and not all fixed.
I attached a copy of the log file created by system file checker. I went through the log and found the following entry:

2014-09-06 23:32:29, Info                  CSI    000007b1 [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
2014-09-06 23:32:30, Info                  CSI    000007b2 Hashes for file member \SystemRoot\WinSxS\amd64_prncacla.inf_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16384_none_9590ba64d5b91f79\Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB do not match actual file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" :
  Found: {l:32 b:/7kST3Q0S1UqJnTWuMdKZ/gzVhBBt7lSYySNF6tFClM=} Expected: {l:32 b:n520k714Uu3utHa5JGQ6HQYbZphKhlMWq5pEmfnCDuw=}
2014-09-06 23:32:30, Info        &... Read more

A:Corrupt system file

I ran the dism.exe tool then sfc /scannow. This appears to have fixed the issue. sfc /scannow reported no missing or corrupted system files. I am going to let the computer go to sleep then run sfc /scannow again in a few days.

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Hello Everyone,I am a new member.\

I have Vista Home Premium 64 Bit and Windows 7 64 Bit. As you see I am dual booting. I had Vista installed first.I installed Win 7 later.Everything was fine.
I installed cuipid a program that monitors,memory,CPU,etc. on Win 7. I used the PC aftyer that for a couple of hours.I shut doem,the next day I booted up went in to Win7(set as Default). It was fine.I resarted and arrowed to Vista to boot into Vista.
I got a Black sctreen saying: Windows failed to start. Hardware or software change may be the problem. I went into 7 and restored the system back to before I installed Cuipid,No Luck.
The screen that comes up when I try to boot into Vista says:
1 Insert windows Disk and restart.
2.Choose your choose your language and click next.
3. Click repair your PC./

I tried a repair on Vista and &.

On the page I also get error: File/windows/system/32/Winload exe.
Status: Qxc000000F
thenselected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

I know thetre is a way to restore the Boot managwer from Cmd??

I would appreciate it if anyone could advise me how to restore the Boot Sector.

I have 2 hard drives both partioned.
C: and D:

E: and F:

Thank You in advance for any help.


A:Corrupt Boot File

You could try to open the cmd prompt and try these:
bootrec /fixMBR
bootrec /fixBoot
bootrec /rebuildBCD
bootrec /scanOS

Or you could try EasyBCD it easy for you to define start-up settings and edit boot entries on the new Windows manager.
Hope this helped

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 430 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3957 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 456935 MB, Free - 417705 MB;
Motherboard: PEGATRON CORPORATION, G60JX, 1.0 , BSN12345678901234567
Antivirus: None
my computer will not start, diagnostics says boot critical file c:\ci.dll is corrupt

A:corrupt boot file

Sounds like a fairly new system (i5). Did you make back up disks when you set it up? Did you make a start up disk? Most computers now days have the recovery on a partition of the hard drive. When you start there should be an F something (try F8 or esc key) to tap on when you see the logo. It should take you to a screen that will allow a repair to the boot system.

Why are you running without virus protection? It won't take long before you have more problems. Try MSE from Microsoft (free).

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Does anyone know what would cause a file system error when running applications from 2 different OS's on the same drive? In other words, I'm trying to run some Steam games under 7 that were installed using XP. I have the reg settings all imported and Steam works fine but after a minute or so they all crash to desktop. I go into the Event Viewer and it states that the file system is corrupt. Even if i boot back into XP, chkdsk runs, but then the games work fine running in XP. Thoughts?

A:File System Corrupt Under 7, Fine with XP

Likely to need a Win/7 specific copy of Steam.

Apps & Drivers are not generic and with Win/7 we must be far more careful on the compatibility issue.

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Computer won't respond to keyboard or mouse inputs. It doesn't seem that the keyboard or mouse are even drawing any power from the computer. (No lights.) So I can't even enter my password to load the desktop.

Yesterday I started getting error messages in the tray saying that there was a problem with the Flash Plugin process not working due to a corrupt file system and that I should run the chkdsk. Then I got the error message for other processes. I decided to clean uninstall the Flash plugin in, but I couldn't even save the uninstall.exe to the desktop due to corrupt file system.

I decided to run the chkdsk. It seemed to be deleting a lot of files and things like that. When that was finished, I couldn't enter my password to load the desktop and I couldn't use the mouse to access the shutdown options. I forced a reboot, but the problem persists.

I should also add that I had a strange problem with mouse inputs last year that I outlined here. I seemed to have solved the problem by plugging the mouse into the USB port on the front rather than the rear. I tried to do that with the keyboard for the present problem, but that hasn't helped.

It is an HP p6330f with Windows 7 x64 and no modifications. There are no PS/2 inputs, so that is not an option.

A:First Corrupt File System, Then No USB Input

If you have access to PS/2 mouse and keyboard,then there are adapters available which allow you to use usb slots,they are quite cheap.If that doesn't work,then all I can suggest is a re-install.

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I went to boot up my computer but received the message:
File Windows/system32/config/system is corrupt or missing.
Does anyone know how to fix this?
I am running XP Home sp2.

A:System file corrupt or missing

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I logged onto my computer today and received the following message. "The file or directory c:\System Volume Information\_restore{38619354-A30C-4AA1-999E-C6E4474B633E}RP924 is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the chkdsk utility."

I ran the utility and it didn't fix the problem. I'm still getting the corrupt file message and my system restore isn't working. I have XP Media Center '02 with SP2 separately installed. I tried following the instructions I found here about reinstalling system restore but I'm getting stuck when it asks for 'srframe.mmf' file from the XP Pro cd-rom. I don't have the cd-rom since it was pre-installed.

Any ideas for either re-installing system restore, fixing this file, or getting rid of it if it's non-essential?


A:corrupt file in system restore

It isn't Restore that is corrupt, but rather one of it's restore files.

Run MSCONFIG > System Restore
Disable it, reboot and then go back and reenable it.

And, while you are in this area, restrict it's size to between 800 and 1GB instead of the default, percentage of drive.

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

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

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

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Hi All,

I need urgent help!! I have come home and switched on my PC, only to have this message come up:

"C:\Windows\system32\config\SYSTEM is missing or corrupt.

Attempt to repair by starting Windows setup using the original setup CD Rom"

I tried a Non-Destructive recovery, but that stops at 80% and restarts itself with the option to start in Safe Mode and so on. None of these work!!

I don't want to try anything as I do not want to lose all the data on my PC.

What can I do to get this working again.

I have a repair CD, but I do not know what options to do at the C:\Windows prompt.



further to above - looking on various websites, this is what they say to do:
md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\system
copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system

I have done the first 2 lines. Before deleting the 'system' file, I had a look in the repair directory and the system file i see is system.bak. i am thinking this is not the file i am to copy over.

Can you please advise.

further to this, I copied the system.bak file to a tmp directory along with the files software, sam, security and default from the config folder and then copied these files from the repair folder to the config folder renaming system.bak to system.

i know longer get the message that the file is missing or corrupted, but i do get windows was not shut down properly, and the o... Read more

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Hey everyone, I have a dell computer there that has the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file missing or it is corrupt, when I boot. This article from MS;EN-US;q307545 tells how to fix it, but I have another hurdle to get by before I can even do that. If I boot from the XP cd and go to the recovery console to do those steps in the article, I get a BSOD that mentions "Registry_Error 0x00000051" and therefore no matter what I do to try to get to console it gives me that error. Any ideas on how to fix it?Thanks,Kickehy

A:System File Missing Or Corrupt

Catch 22. There is a fix but it had to be downloaded and installed before receiving this error. Was your computer fully updated?

The best bet now is to slave your hard drive in another computer or boot with a Knoppix Live CD to retrieve and save your data and do a reinstall of the OS.

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Hi one and all,

I am after a bit of advice or to see if anyone has any idea what could be causing this problem.

It has happened 3 or 4 times in the last 3 months and apparently at random, or at least I haven't, yet, managed to make it happen.

Using the PC fine during the day and evening etc, no problems, crashes or anything else. Shut it down at the end of the evening which works fine and switches itself off. The next day it is switched on and reports a corrupt or missing system file and wont boot.

Running the recovery tool on Windows disk, or at least logging into recovery tool seems to sort it out. I just have no idea what is causing it.

Win XP Pro (fully up to date)
120Gb Maxtor SATA Drive (Primary)
40Gb Maxtor IDE Drive (Secondary)
GeForce 7600GT Graphics
Soundblaster Live! 24 bit

Last time it happened was yesterday morning (I have been away all week, until now). My wife stuck the XP disk in and actually did a 2nd windows instal on the D Drive, which worked. The old version of windows is also working fine now (thats what I am currently logged in to).

Any info would be greatly appreciated. The event logs for the 18ths (last time original installation worked prior to the problem) show nothing unusual.

Also, How do I uninstall the Windows installation on my D Drive ?

Thanks in advance

A:Corrupt System File - Randomly

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While starting WinXP, the pc is giving and error that the following file is missing or corrupt:


What is the best way to fix this without losing any data?



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My brother had recently downloaded some dumb AIM smilies service from the internet. Me, sensing this was a bad idea, tried to uninstall it, and I got an error message saying that the application was in use, so I booted in Safe Mode and deleted it. The next time I started, I got a message saying that:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
It tells me to put in the original Windows XP disk and to select the repair option. So I did just that, selected the repair option, and then I was told to pick the windows installation I wanted to log on to, and since there was only one on disk C, I hi the right number. Technically, I then should have been asked for the Admin account password, but I got the blue screened. It says:
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.
If problems continue, disable or remove an newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as cahing or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup options, an... Read more

A:bad_pool_caller and corrupt system file

See if this will be of any help for the CONFIG/SYSTEM problem.

If you can fix the config\system with the recovery console, you should be able to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.

Should you be able to, open the Windows Directory and look for the 'minidump' folder and open it. You should see a minidump file. Zip up the file using Windows default or a third party zip utility and upload the .zip file to this thread on one of your future replies so the file can be debugged by either myself or other folks in this forum that are probably a bit better than I am at debuging.

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A couple of days ago, I upgraded the Microsoft anti-spyware beta, and when I rebooted, I got the message, "cannot start because of corrupt system file." I followed the excellent suggestions on this site and have been able to restore to some semblance of normalcy, using the recovery console. Now, when I log in [I am the administrator] None of the programmes work. I managed to re-install firefox to get here. My internet explorer allows only one security setting, the highly restricted one, so I cannot get upgrades, the screen just cycles and then shows blank, with the done caption in the lower left corner. I cannot change any setting in i.e.
I have successfully downloaded and run the ewido suite to clean up. On pressing start, the left pane of the box is entirely blank. The programmes button is the only thing there. The right screen has the usual items. When I log in on my wife's account, pressing the start button puts up a normal screen, and when I access IE from her log in, it works normally.
I tried using the restore points, unfortunately there was only one, created when I restored the computer.
I want to reconnect the registry to the software we have on board, and am looking for any suggestions, which will be gratefully received.

A:Corrupt system file and its aftermath...

It sounds like your profile became corrupted, and therefore you have problems with anything to do with programs accessible under that profile.

Create a new administrator profile (if you can), you may need to reinstall some programs under it.

There is a real danger to your data that you may have created under your profile, if you still have access to it back it up now. Its not uncommon to lose it (or access to it) with corrupt profile problems.

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Going to be watching this thread very closely! I have the same problem except that I get a message saying that I have an invalid or corrupt file path and windows can't do a system restore . My first question is: How do I check to see if I have System Restore turned off? Thanks.

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Ok here goes.

Just got an old computer, emachines 420 and re-installed the cds you get with it. everything is ok until it reboots and I get a 'windows cant start as windows/system32/system is missing or corrupt, cleaned the cds and tried a further 2 times but stillthe same.

Tried an original xp disk (as I have done with other emachines) but got the same results.

I try the repair option but require an administrator password. I have tried blank and just enter but I dont know it!!!

I replaced the hard drive with my own and got the same result. Put it back in my own machine and its fine!!!!!!!

Please anyone - I would be grateful and thanks in advance


A:Corrupt system32/system file

Well the machine is old.

Most common problem to interfere with a New Install is HD errors. Are you doing a full format prior to installation ?

The HD could just simply be bad. Post the make & model of the HD, and someone will find the HD diagnostic utilities for it.

Second on the list would be the optical drive. They can go bad and "sort of" work, but corrupt system files during the install and it runs buggy, if at all.

Check the HD first. If it's good, then we'll spend time looking for other possible causes.

That's odd about the administrator password. Does that come up on the straight-up XP disk, or the weirdo emachine disks, or both ?

Where in the process does that happen ?

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I have a ~2001 gateway desktop. Originally came with Windows 2000. I subsequently upgraded to XP. I have since upgraded to a new computer and given this one to my small children for simple educational games run locally.

The computer has subsequently stopped working. When I start it up, I am given the opportunity to start in ?safe mode? ?normally? etc. Regardless of which option I choose, I get the following error: ?Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM.?

I figure can simply reinstall XP and solve the issue. The problem is the XP disc I have is an upgrade version. Since the system file is gone, it won?t let me ?upgrade? since it thinks I?m not upgrading, but rather trying to install a new version. It asks me to insert my original system (2000) disk. Problem is the disks that came with the original computer really aren?t ?system install? disks but either System Restoration Kit or Operating System Backup CD. I?d prefer to not have to buy a new version of XP or Vista, but not quite sure how to solve this.

Any thoughts?

A:Corrupt/Missing System File

1. Your new computer: What operating system ... XP, Vista or 7? Did you get a Windows installation disk (not a recovery disk) with it?
2. Do you have a working floppy disk drive in the Gateway?
3. Do you have a working CD-ROM disk drive in the Gateway?
4. What is the brand and model of the system hard disk drive in the Gateway? Is the hard disk drive connection type IDE or SATA?
5. Do you have any bootable disks already created that you may be able to use for the task ahead eg Linux OS?
6. Your internet connection (for downloading tools which may be of considerable size, using your new computer?): Hopefully not dial-up ... ?

Please see the following recent/current thread to get an idea of the steps that may be necessary, and an idea of just about everything that can possibly go wrong ...

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When I booted up today, I got this screen:

Windows could not start b/c the following file is missing/corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I tried booting from my Windows XP disk. It started out okay, but then I got a blue screen that told me to check for viruses, etc... only I can't do that as long as I can't boot up. :face palm: I tried booting in Safe Mode - no dice. I got into the Toshiba Recovery System, but that says it will erase all my data. :bang head: Um... that's not an option unless it's the VERY LAST option. ! What else can I do? (If anything...)

Thank you!!

A:missing/corrupt system 32 file

Did you get to the recovery console options when booting from the CD?
Is the CD you have a Toshiba recovery CD or a XP Install CD?

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