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Corrupted or Missing \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Corrupted Missing Windows XP Config Configuration
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If you get the error:


Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE



1. Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.

2. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key

3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1

4. Enter in the administrator password when requested

5. cd \windows\system32\config

6. Depending on which section was corrupted:


ren software software.bad or ren system system.bad


7. Depending on which section was corrupted


copy \windows\repair\system
copy \windows\repair\software


8. Take out the CD ROM and type exit



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