Solved My pc cant find the windows system file during repair.

September 21, 2013 at 19:59:28
Specs: Windows Xp
I tried doing a repair on my Windows Xp Home Edition. Well when I went to do the (copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak) it can't find the file to copy. Same goes for ( copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system). So I'm stuck on what to do. I've also got 3 partitions on the computer, so I don't know how to do the repair install. None of the partitions say Windows Xp Home Edition either.

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September 24, 2013 at 14:58:33
"I don't want to lose all my data"

Safest way.

Slave your HDD to another HDD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) You may have a choice of jumper settings on the master HD, such as master with slave or ms. Copy your stuff ( don't forget your emails & address book ) onto the host HD or other media.

Now put it back in your comp, once again, no need to bolt it in at this stage ( change the jumper, back to where it was ) go into the Bios & set the boot to Boot from CD 1st.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
XP - D to Delete the selected partition
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...



#1
September 21, 2013 at 21:50:42
Try SFC.

RUNNING THE MICROSOFT SYSTEM FILE CHECKER (SFC /SCANNOW )
http://www.pcug.org.au/boesen/SFC/S...
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc...


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#2
September 22, 2013 at 04:54:26
I forgot to add that I don't have internet on the pc. I only have internet on my cell phone, so I can't run any links.

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#3
September 22, 2013 at 15:39:13
Have you looked to see if "c:\windows\system32\config\system" is there? You will need to set yourself to show hidden files and folders. This assumes that the computer is in some way useable.

From another computer, provide a link to the repair instructions you are using.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#4
September 22, 2013 at 17:01:32
I don't have another computer to use. And how would I make sure the system file is there?

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#5
September 22, 2013 at 17:17:28
"how would I make sure the system file is there"

First go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and ensure you are set to show
hidden files and folders.

Next follow the path from My Computer. So it's:

My Computer (C drive usually)
Windows
System32
Config
System

If you can't find "System" you have no registry so the repair is not possible. It would indicate a serious failure of some kind - possibly a bad hard disk.

One other thing you could do is type cmd.exe in the Run box. Next type chkdsk /f in the black box that arrives and hit Enter. This will do a quick disk check next time you start the computer, fixing any errors it finds.

You could also go to cmd.exe again but this time type sfc /scannow and hit Enter key. This checks the system files (as per response #1) and replaces any that are faulty.

What were the issues you were having that caused you to run the repair?

Have you already tried the simpler option of System Restore (back to a date before you hit trouble)?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
September 23, 2013 at 22:14:38
Ok...maybe you're not understanding. I can't get into my acct, I can't get into safe mode or anything. I can't get past the screen that has the error screen pop up with windows\system32\config\system is corrupt or missing. Then when I try to type all those things into the repair screen, the system file can't be found or repaired.

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#7
September 23, 2013 at 22:28:26
windows system32 config system is corrupt or missing
http://is.gd/YJQbXT

Maybe this way will suit.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

Or, if you don't have the CD.
windows system32 config system corrupt or missing no cd
http://is.gd/PRfEuY


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#8
September 24, 2013 at 04:50:47
Tried both which is why I'm asking this.

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#9
September 24, 2013 at 13:55:27
OK, I guess from #7 that you are following the instructions from the "MS website" (not all websites use the same procedure).

If you correctly input this command:
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
and it can't find the system file then your registry isn't just corrupted it is missing (unless your system drive is other than C which would be most unusual).

You could examine the contents of your hard drive using a Live Linux CD (which just runs between RAM and hard disk). That, among other things, would allow you to confirm whether your system file is really missing or not.

"I don't have another computer to use"
Not sure how you are accessing this site but without access to links and downloads from some other computer then your options are limited.

You might have to reformat and re-install Windows, although the possibility of a hardware fault has not been totally excluded.

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#10
September 24, 2013 at 14:47:53
I'm using my cell phone's internet. I was trying to find a way not to reinstall as I don't want to lose all my data.

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#11
September 24, 2013 at 14:58:33
✔ Best Answer
"I don't want to lose all my data"

Safest way.

Slave your HDD to another HDD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) You may have a choice of jumper settings on the master HD, such as master with slave or ms. Copy your stuff ( don't forget your emails & address book ) onto the host HD or other media.

Now put it back in your comp, once again, no need to bolt it in at this stage ( change the jumper, back to where it was ) go into the Bios & set the boot to Boot from CD 1st.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
XP - D to Delete the selected partition
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...


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#12
September 24, 2013 at 15:04:03
"I'm using my cell phone's internet"
Fine, I understand.

Sorry, can't really add any more - anything we suggest would need downloads in order to progress.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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