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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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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March 8, 2010 at 14:08:13
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

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March 8, 2010 at 17:08:48

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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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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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....

or an older article...

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