Solved File missing or corrupt - system 32 file

August 8, 2011 at 08:22:36
Specs: Windows XP
windows\config\system32\system missing or cor

I tried to start my laptop and I get a message saying that my file(s) are missing or corrupted -Windows\config\system32\system

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August 8, 2011 at 15:40:04
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Your registry is corrupt or missing. Unless you have taken a registry backup with e.g. Erunt you may have to re-create a suitable registry. If possible for you backup your critical data files before attempting a recovery.

The MS kb307545 is here and other info here

Beware: using the instructions in the above links will replace the registry with the one which was created when your OS was installed with consequent loss of programs and settings which might have been installed since then.

Good luck.

Please come back & tell us if your problem is resolved.

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August 8, 2011 at 17:36:16
Go to this website

This will allow access to your system restore points by way of xp's recovery console. Unlike the link that Wahine gave you this will restore a system restore point that your system has created over time. Select latest one before your troubles began. Programs that were originally installed after the restore point was originally created will have to be reinstalled. Hope that whatever restore point is chosen is not too far back.

Note you will need your windows xp cd. Also I hope you had you system restore enabled. If there are no restore points then the information I gave you won't help.

Please let us know if our advice was able to help you.

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August 9, 2011 at 09:44:21
Both of above are good solution, Hope you get it fixed by them, if still your computer is lucky enough to have a restore point, then try this.

boot with the CD and perform a windows reapir. hopefully it will re-write the system hive without having you re-install everything.

Become a Windows Geek

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August 9, 2011 at 19:27:56
In response 1 Wahine said

The MS kb307545 is here

Doing that procedure results in a working Windows, but you will have to re-install many things !

You are MUCH better off to do a Repair installation of Windows procedure, which will NOT delete the personal data and settings that you have added to the partition Windows was installed on .

How to do an XP Repair installation of Windows procedure, step by step:


You will need a Windows CD of the same version as the one of your Windows installation, Home or Pro, and the Product Key, preferably the one that was used to install it, but it can be one for the same version as the one of your Windows installation.
In most cases you get the Product Key from the official Microsoft sticker on your computer case, or from the official Microsoft sticker that came with your Windows CD if it has not been stuck to the case, or if you can't find that or don't have that, you can use a program to find the Product Key your Windows installation is presently using, BEFORE you run the Repair Setup (Repair install) - e.g. search for: keyfinder, by Jelly Bean whatever.

If you have any hard drive larger than 137gb manufacturer's size, the Windows CD must have at least SP1 updates integrated into it.
XP CDs with SP2 or SP3 updates integrated into them have that printed on the CD.
All the regular Microsoft OEM XP CDs I've seen that have SP1 updates integrated into them do NOT have anything printed on them that indicates they have SP1 updates, but the volume label - the label you see for the CD in Windows - of the CDs that have SP1 updates are different from those for XP CDs that have no SP updates at all - you can search the web using the volume label and find out whether it has SP1 updates or not.

After it's finished...

If your Windows CD does not have SP1 or SP2 or SP3 updates included, and you updated to SP2, or SP3 you may have to install SP2 or SP3 updates again to get it working properly. SP1 or later is required for USB 2.0 and hard drives larger than 137gb (manufacturer's size; 128gb in Windows and most bioses).

You may also need to re-install some of your Windows Updates.

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August 31, 2011 at 18:19:39
I'm still working on the issue. I need to buy a new start up disk sense I can 't get my desktop up.

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August 31, 2011 at 22:29:40
"I need to buy a new start up disk sense I can 't get my desktop up"

One of these should get you going, just a matter of finding the one that suits your skill level.

AVG Rescue CD
Download Rescue CD (for CD creation)
Download Rescue CD (for USB stick)

Rescue CD

Kaspersky Rescue Disk
Create Bootable Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk

Dr.Web LiveCD
Clean a Non-Bootable Windows with DrWeb Live CD

Paragon Rescue Kit Express

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

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