XP won't boot in dual boot system

Lenny January 31, 2009 at 08:59:39
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a dual boot system, Vista and XP. Everything's been working fine for a couple of months. I had a Corsair memory module go bad (Dominator 2GB, 1066). It kept hanging up on booting. I found the bad module and removed it. Running on the other 3 now - 6GB total, same Dominator 1066. Since then I can boot in Vista, but when I try and choose XP I get the error \Windows\System32\Config\System. It tells me to load the Original XP disk and use the "r" recovery, but that's not working. When I select r, it just hangs and sit's there. The computer is working fine under VISTA so I can open all the XP files and the XP boot/install disk. Is there a way to just copy the appropriate files from the XP Boot disk into the righ spot in XP on the hard disk? Which files? Any other help? Much Thanks, Lenny.

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#1
January 31, 2009 at 15:40:25
What is the exact error?

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#2
February 1, 2009 at 09:01:14
When I boot the computer offers me the choice between Vista and XP. When I choose XP I get the error: This file is missing or corrupt: "\windows\system32\config\system"
without the quotes of course.
Booting from the XP install disk doesn't work, it just hangs up at a DOS prompt when I choose "r" for repair. I don't think it can find the XP OS to fix it. I have PowerSuite by Spotmau which has worked in the past (to fix an XP issue)on another computer, but when I try and boot from it, I get a screen full of garbage and an error code. I though I might be able to copy or build this "corrupt of missing file" by hand or by copying from the XP boot disk, but can't seem to find it on the boot disk. I can get into everything by running Vista, which is running fine.
I have a ""lot"" of software and security for both XP and VISTA. Many applications only run on XP. It would take a very long time to rebuild it all. Heck of a fix. I bought Corsair memory because I wanted the best for relability - so much for that idea. (As I said in the first note, the "corruption" happened when I was forced to turn off the system several times in the middle of attempted booting - when it would hang up due to a bad memory module.) Thanks for any help.
Lenny - Houston, TX

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#3
February 1, 2009 at 10:37:18
Have you tried just running two RAM modules ?

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#4
February 1, 2009 at 18:48:31
Yes, I've run 2 and 3. The remaining Ram is ok. Vista is running fine.
I found a blog on repairing the file but when I enter the Recovery Counsel on the boot disk and try to enter anything, it tells me I haven't go access.

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