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Thread: Windows Xp problem.

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    Windows Xp problem.

    I restarted my computer earlier today and at the restart it now says "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt". The file it lists is \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. I put in the windows xp cd and went to setup and repair and when it gets to 6 minutes remaining it restarts and gives me the same message about a missing or corrupt file. What I'm wondering is if there is a way to manually put the file back in off the cd or anything else I could try.

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    Umm...that file isn't really missing, it's just corrupt. It is a large portion of the registry. Try restarting in 'last known good'...(hit the F8 key right before Windows starts to load...select LKG from the list).
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    Ok I tried last known good and it still gives me the same message.

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    If a repair install isn't working and last known good isn't then you may have a drive problem. Do you have any means of hooking the drive to another machine to either back up the data or scan it?
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    I installed a 2nd version of windows and I can access the hard drive. Is there a way I can repair the other version of windows in this way?

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