Reading the system file

March 8, 2010 at 13:04:14
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Cor Duo/2 GB
I was just wondering if it is possible to read the system file? The file specifically that I am trying to read is C:\Windows\System32\Config\System. Obviously the last name in that string is the file name, but I have tried to open it with notepad so I can read it, but it all garbage. I am trying to read it so that I know what it is in it. I keep getting a simple error of that file is corrupt. I have no where to replace it from unfortunately like Microsofts KB tells you to. Please any help is much appreciated.

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#1
March 8, 2010 at 13:10:55
What is the extension on the file? If it is system.dat then it is a registry file and you have to use regedit to read it.

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#2
March 8, 2010 at 14:08:13
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

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#3
March 8, 2010 at 17:08:48
ace_omega

The file in the location given doesn't have an extension (quite normal).
The registry file "system.dat" is located elsewhere.

some other bloke...


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#4
March 9, 2010 at 05:13:26
I have already tried the KB article that is listed above and it did not work for me. That is why I am trying to read the file. I work in an enterprise enviroment and I was wondering, for the most part if I have two identical systems, if I can copy the system file from a known good working one. And use it on the system that is no longer functioning. If this is possible I wanted to go ahead and make sure that they look the same on the inside to make sure I wouldn't be violating anything? Thanks for the quick responses!!!

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#5
March 9, 2010 at 07:11:32
All I just seen what you are talking about. This is the System Hive file which stores information about your hard ware. You can do this to fix it....

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic702...

or an older article...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q26...


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