windows\system32\config\system corrupted

February 1, 2011 at 07:01:45
Specs: Windows XP, Asus eee Netbook
I have a netbook, so there's no disk drive AND I just moved from the States to South Korea. I'm getting this error message. When I press f8 no other options work. It appears that I must reinstall the missing/corrupted file. I'm not sure how to do this for a netbook. Is there any way I can repair this myself using a 4gig flash drive with another computer and the internet? Thanks.

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February 1, 2011 at 08:07:38
Of course there is! You do realize you are living in one of the most technologically advanced societies in the world. Anyway, if you need to recover files I would download a linux install(Any will do but i like ubuntu). Install it on your flash key and select the try before installing, now you can gain access to all of your files.

Step 2, Do some research into installing windows XP from USB, Ive done it before and there is a lot of info out there.

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February 1, 2011 at 10:19:58
You should find a backup (system.bak) in the same folder. Use Linux Live CD to access the HD and make the changes.

We all live on the same ball.

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February 1, 2011 at 10:30:58
You can do an 8 step fix prescribed by Icrontic

Otherwise, you can create a bootable flash drive and fix it as below.

You will have to borrow an XP installation CD and do this on a computer that supports the cd. The instructions below are the directions from the following article

Do NOT reformat and reinstall as you will lose all your current programs and data.

In general you want to do a repair install and NOT use the repair console.

Detailed instructions for a repair install are here He also describes how to create an XP disk with the service pack included easily.

If you can no longer do a repair install or find it too complicated, DO NOT reformat and reinstall as this will wipe you out and leave you with nothing but the operating system. You would have to reinstall all your programs and much of your data would be inaccessible.

Reimage can repair your system even if a repair effort fails if you can get to the Internet. It costs a little but it is well worth it to save your data. It takes about 30 minutes and preserves your programs and data. If you are not happy with the results, you don't have to pay and you can reverse any changes that it made. It's good for a year, there's 24/7 tech support and it repairs XP, Vista and Windows 7 too. More information here

Things You'll Need:

* Windows XP installation disc
* PE Builder
* 1 GB or larger USB flash drive
* nLite slipstreaming software

Slipstream Windows XP Updates
1. Boot the computer into your current operating system.
2.Insert the Windows XP installation disc. Click cancel if it prompts to begin Windows installation.
3. Right click on the Windows XP disc in "My Computer" and select "Explore."
4. Create the following folder on your computer: C:\winxp
5. Select all the files and folders from the Windows XP installation disc Explorer window and copy them to the folder you just created.
6. Download and install the free slipstreaming software nLite (see Resources).
7. Launch nLite.
8. Click "Next" to begin configuration.
9. Click "Browse" and select C:\winxp as the location for your Windows installation and then click "Next."
10 Select "Integrate a Service Pack" to include the latest Windows operating system updates in your installation.
11. Configure any other Windows XP customizations using nLite (including disabling Windows components you might not need, integrating drivers and adding patches) and then click "Next."
12. Click "Next" to build the updated Windows XP installation and answer "Yes" when it confirms that you want to commit the changes. The program will then build a Windows XP installation that includes the latest updates. This may take a few minutes.
13. Input an ISO label and any variables you require (this is not required) and click "Make ISO" to save the installation to your computer. Save the ISO file as C:\winxp\xpsp3.iso and continue. The building process will take a few minutes. Once it is complete, you can continue to the next stage.

Format USB Flash Drive
14. Insert your USB flash drive.
15. Right click on the USB flash drive from "My Computer" and select "Format."
16. Select FAT32 as the format type and click "Start" to format the USB flash drive.
Install Windows XP on USB Flash Drive
17. Download and install PEBuilder (see Resources).
18. Navigate to the PEBuilder folder where the application was installed (usually it is C:\pebuilder).
19. Navigate into the "plugin\peinst" folder.
20. Double click "peinst.cmd" to launch the USB flash drive installer. This will launch a Command Prompt window.
21. Type 1 and press enter to specify the Windows XP installation source. Enter C:\winxp\xpsp3.iso as the source file.
22. Type 2 and specify the drive letter of your USB flash drive. You can determine the drive letter by launch My Computer and noting the drive letter specified (for instance, if it says D:\, specify the destination in the Command Prompt as D:\).
23. Press 5 to install Windows XP to your USB flash drive. This process will take some time. The Command Prompt will alert you when the process is complete.

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