ASUS eeepc 1005HAB - How to backup before 'system restore'

January 5, 2012 at 00:43:33
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Atom N270 processor
The error message:
the \windows\system32\config\system file is missing or corrupt
can attempt repair by starting Windows setup using the original Setup CD ROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

When booting the restore disk, there was no 'r'epair option, instead numerous prompts asking do I really wanted to "Restore the system image to the hard drive". Sounds like I lose my files & programs. Is there anyway to backup before recovery?

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January 5, 2012 at 03:21:52
Ah.....sounds like you have "restore" cd's. To do a repair as I gather has been suggested (it should fix your problem), you need to be booting up a Windows XP cd and not a restore image. Sounds like you are using the cd's that originally came with the unit. Any xp service pack 2 disk should work as long as you have the 25 digit xp key on your computer. You do not press "r" at the first screen, that would take you to the recovery console. You would hit "enter" as if you were reinstalling Windows, it then scans the hard drive looking for room to do this install and it brings up the hard drive partition should see the old windows installation listed, select that same partition and now you should see the option to "R" repair the installation. That will fix your missing file. The key is too use an actuall xp disk, and say no to entering the recovering console (the first choice you will be given) and once it brings up the hard drive info....then repair should be an option. Yes you can back up the hard drive info, by removing the hard drive and using another computer retrieve the info off it. If you do not have the xp cd and you have only the restore images....the destructive recovery wipes it back to the day it came out of the don't want that cause you lose everything.....there is usually an option to reinstall without doing the destructive recovery so pay attention to what your restore options are. A factory default restore is the same as a destructive restore so do not pick that option. I would try and get an xp disk.

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January 7, 2012 at 01:58:24
Neither of the two XP-recovery CDs that I acquired were recognised as bootable during bootup. After much research, I've managed to create and boot off a Linux USB stick, but am not sure how to proceed to view my files. (I don't want to install Linux, by mistake, I just want to access my files with the Linux system, from the USB drive). The menu choices are:
-Start Linux Mint
-Start Linux Mint (compatability mode)
-Memory Test
-Boot from local drive

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January 7, 2012 at 10:24:43
Can you not find an actual XP disk, not the rescue disks you have??

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January 7, 2012 at 18:14:21
After inserting the bootable USB stick, prayer and more research, I selected: "Start Linux Mint", and was introduced to the amazing world of Linux! All the netbook files were visible and I started the laborious process of transferring files to storage devices. Then I remembered something read earlier and followed that instruction to repair XP (by returning to the last Restore Point).

Everything is now working beautifully!

Thank you! People like you, willing to get involved, help to take the mystery out of computing, for those of us who are not-so-techie.

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