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Thread: HELP!!!!!! XP Pro error

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    Exclamation HELP!!!!!! XP Pro error

    I got the following error after re-booting from updating my macafree [however you spell it]:

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt

    c\windows\system32\config\system

    you can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom. select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
    --end---
    I have a dell and the only software i have that might help it is:

    1. "operating System: Reinstlltion cd xp pro"
    2. Dell drivers and utilities: dell dimension resource cd

    I don't know if this affected it but I forgot to log off and turn off my pc last night. I was loged in as a normal user.

    Please help, I have school papers I need to get too.
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    Information about this available at:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;822705

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    that doesn't help me . I can't follow it. Plus my computer won't boot! [i'm on the home one.]
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    Try to restore your configuration files [it includes the registry which is held in 2 files = user.dat & system.dat (I think the one that can't be found)].
    To do this:
    At startup select "last good configuration". [I don't have XP, so I'm not familiar with the exact wording]

    If this doesn't fix the problem, do as advised and use:
    1. "operating System: Reinstallation cd xp pro"
    to repair the Windows installation.
    This makes sure that all the necessary Windows files are present.

    Ideally you'd have a 3rd party backup [or imaging] program and have a backup made of the C: partition.
    Then if anything goes wrong with your software [and your hardware is still the same since making the backup], you just re-format the c: partition and restore the backup [or restore the image without the need for a re-format].
    Last edited by Sylvander; 04-13-2005 at 04:16 PM.

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    O.k I'm a really newbe about this stuff so could you tell me how to do your suggestions. thanks.
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    I don't run Winxp, but I believe that during startup there is a menu displayed from which you can select various startup options.
    One of those is "last good configuration".
    You may need to hit "F8" [repeatedly blip F8 immediately leading up to the point where Windows begins to boot] to see that startup menu.
    Last edited by Sylvander; 04-13-2005 at 05:16 PM.

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    I'll try it now. . . .nope, no luck .
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    At startup select "last good configuration". [I don't have XP, so I'm not familiar with the exact wording]

    If this doesn't fix the problem, do as advised and use:
    1. "operating System: Reinstallation cd xp pro"
    to repair the Windows installation. [how do i do this?]
    This makes sure that all the necessary Windows files are present.[ and this?]

    Ideally you'd have a 3rd party backup [or imaging] program and have a backup made of the C: partition.[no clue, so probably no]
    Apathy: If we don't take care of the customer,maybe they'll stop bugging us.

    Customer Disservice: Because we're not satisfied until you're not satisfied.

    (Maybe BB's approach?)
    ~Despair.com

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    Apathy: If we don't take care of the customer,maybe they'll stop bugging us.

    Customer Disservice: Because we're not satisfied until you're not satisfied.

    (Maybe BB's approach?)
    ~Despair.com

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