how do I repair windows when no hd registers

March 12, 2011 at 20:54:47
Specs: Windows xp pro
my hp laptop has windows xp pro..when it boots it says windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt. windos\system32\config\system.. when i put the windows cd in it goes through the loading process and comes to the screen that says to press r to repair.. when I do it tells me that it cant find a hard drive.. how can I fix this or at least reformat the hard drive and start over.. the hard drive was replaced and run fine for a week then this started.

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March 12, 2011 at 22:16:14
You need to load the SATA drivers by pressing F6 when prompted.

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March 13, 2011 at 09:13:20
Mickliq - won't help on a laptop - no floppy drive.

Bo cannon - you either need an xp install disk with the sata drivers integrated (if it is a sata drive) or you need to change bios setting to IDE/legacy (again if it is a sata drive, and this option is available. Also, if this is the case & it works, probaly need to change the setting back again when complete, as xp will be expecting SATA not IDE drive).

The other reason you're getting this message could be because the drive is dying, and that's why the install disk can't find a hard drive.

But to fix the problem if the drive is ok you'll need more than just access. If you do get into recovery console, you could try running chkdsk c: /p (fixes problems with the filestore). In a few cases (IME) this will fix the corrupt registry hive that you have, but normally it doesn't and you need something like:-

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