Startup problem missing or corrupt!

February 1, 2009 at 13:15:43
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, 3.368 GHz / 4095 MB
Ive reformated and re installed windows a few times on a freinds computer and he keeps brining it back with this startup problem:

/WINDOWS.0/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM
missing or corrupt

He barely uses his PC I dont get this why does this keep happening!? Hardware problem??


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#1
February 1, 2009 at 13:39:31
you have multiple installations of the OS on the disk as specified by the windows.0 folder...see here to correct that:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888023

Good Luck


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#2
February 1, 2009 at 14:00:24
Windows.0 indicates there are at least TWO distinct installations of Windows on that computer. Or at least there were at some point.

You have evidently not been performing a clean installation.

First I would recommend running a drive fitness test on the hard drive. You can download that from the manufacturer of the the brand drive he has. Then, if the drive checks out OK, consider reformatting and then re-installing Windows.


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#3
February 1, 2009 at 15:20:05
ya know I thought that windows.0 meant there was mutiple installations I just thought I recalled fully formatting it but would the windows installation "quick format" have anything to do with this?

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#4
February 1, 2009 at 15:22:16
A quick format should eliminate the old installation. Assuming it was on that partition.

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#5
February 1, 2009 at 15:29:56
Hmm. I definately make shure to delete all partitions this is odd. Its happened liek 3 times now. Iv reinstalled windows pbly 100 times in my past I dont get this. Culd this be a hardware issue? Bad HDD? Im guna test it tomorow.

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#6
February 1, 2009 at 15:35:19
What kind of disk are you using to install?

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#7
February 1, 2009 at 15:41:06
Just an Windows XP Pro SP2 (VL) CD

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#8
February 1, 2009 at 16:35:27
If the Windows folder is Windows.0, then you're not doing a full format and reinstall. You're doing an over the top install, which creates a new Windows folder...the number at the end of the Windows increases exponentially.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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