missing or corrupt windows/system32/config/system

Discussion in 'Windows XP Security' started by adam, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. adam

    adam Guest

    i get that message now twice going into windows. i had
    to format both times to get in to windows. it just
    started, any idea's why and how i fix it. i have windows
    xp retail.

    thanks
    adam
     
    adam, Jul 9, 2003
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    jamille

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    you could try doing this one.

    How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting

    When you try to start or restart your Windows XP-based computer, you may receive one of the following error messages:

    Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

    Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE

    Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate

    The procedure described in this article uses Recovery Console, System Restore if the restart gives any error when it booted to Desktop, and lists all the required steps in specific order to ensure that the process completes fully. After you complete this procedure, the system should return to a state very close to the system before the problem occurred.

    I. Boot to the Recovery Console

    To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, use the following steps:

    Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
    Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
    When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    II. Manually copy system restore files

    At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing <Enter> after you type each line:

    NOTICE:
    (all commands to be typed in command prompt are in BLUE color for clarity of the content, and pressing the <Enter> key is required for executing each command at the recovery Console)

    cd \ ( Note: between "cd" and "\" there should be a "blank space" else the command won''''t work )
    2. cd system~1\_resto~1

    NOTICE:
    The appropriate command should be used according to the error message aka if the file "system" is corrupted use the first command or if the file "software" is corrupted use the second command line.

    If it gives an error "Access Denied" while accessing the folder, follow the method below

    cd \ <Enter>
    cd windows\system32\config <Enter>
    ren system system.bak<Enter>
    exit<Enter>

    now restart the computer and follow step I of the article.

    3. dir

    NOTICE:
    when you hit <Enter> it will list all the restore points folders like rp1,rp2................ we have to see the last restore point to copy the file from a recent backup. if the restore points have more than one page then u have keep on hitting the <Enter> key to view the last restore point folder.

    NOTICE:
    It is a good rule of thumb to choose the files from the restore point folder which the second last one.

    4. cd rp {the last restore point no. } (Note : Example : cd rp9, if rp9 is the last restore point, where last restore point no.=9 )

    5. cd snapshot

    NOTICE:
    Now the command Prompt will look like this c:\system~1\_resto~1\rp9\snapshot> ( Note : restore point 9 assumed for clarity of the content, you have to goto the last restore point folder as described in the previous lines) Now according to the error message we have to copy the appropriate file from the restore point folder.

    6. copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
    or
    copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software

    7. Type Exit to restart computer and boot to the harddrive normally.
     
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    won't copy file

    i'm having the same problem. i followed your instructions and everything went according to plan until the actual copying of the file. it said the file couldn't be copied. it did let me copy a file that was missing when this problem originated: \windows\vgaoem.fon am i screwed?
     
    73south, Apr 10, 2006
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    tschrock

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    I have seen over 30 people in the past 3 days that have had this problem. Their entire system32/config folder is missing and they can't log into their profiles via the XP recovery console to attempt to fix it.


    We have no idea what is causing this, but we have developed a backup batch file that will backup your config folder so *if* you ever get hit (or hit again) with this problem, you can easily have a full recovery.

    http://www.schrockinnovations.com/preventsys32config.php is the location of the tutorial that explains how to use the backup utility and how to restore your backup in the event of a crash. Good luck!
     
    tschrock, Apr 22, 2006
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    tschrock's backup saved my bacon!

    Thank you so much tschrock!!!! I am running Windows 2000 and the M$ fix would not work for me because I do not have system restore. I had a buddy with the same problem, and we found your tutorial on how to back it up.

    I did the backup jut in case on my 2000 box, and sure enough a couple weeks later I was hit with it too. But I got to laugh at my buddy because I was able to have a COMPLETE RECOVERY!!!!

    Thanks again for the free help tschrock!
     
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    When I start with the Windows XP CD in it still pops up with the same error message. Can someone help please?
     
    affrothunder, Nov 16, 2006
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    DonGo

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    Oh wow!

    I'm having a similar problem. I am getting the getting the same corrupt: windows\system\config\system message that you guys are getting. I tried to do a cd boot, but couldn't figure out how to make it happen. the only options that I am getting through the recovery disk is #1 Non-Destructive System restore, #2 System Restore - No Format, and #3 System Restore - Quick Format. I tried both the 1st and 2nd formating options, but am trying to prevent the loss of my personal files. My main question to you guys is how to boot the computer using the Cd boot when those are my only options?
    I have tried going into the BIOS and setting the boot priority to the cd-rom and the recovery disk. I would like to figure out how to get into the command prompt to use the copy and paste method to try to get this to work. PLEASE HELP!
     
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    I got this problem fixed, but it keeps occuring randomly every once in a while. I had to fix it about three times so far. Anyone know why this keeps happening?
     
    affrothunder, Jan 3, 2007
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    When attempting to start my PC, I also get the following error:

    "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

    I. Boot to the Recovery Console

    To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, I use the following steps:

    Insert the Windows Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

    Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive when prompted to do so.
    When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    If I press the first option to begin WindowsXP setup, it appears to go to the next step and then stays idle.

    If I press R to recover, it goes to the next screen. I select the only option of 1: C Drive, and it accepts it and stays idle.

    Any advice about that would be appreciated.

    If necessary, I'm prepared to simply reformat the drive and reinstall Windows XP Pro. We have backed up all important files and information. What is the proceedure for doing this? The system is setup on NTFS.
     
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    gWillacres, Mar 25, 2007
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    Jamille is right on

    Thanks Jamille...your instructions were perfect and worked like a charm. Thanks
     
    NDNomad, Jan 6, 2008
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    No recovery disk

    HELP!!

    Has anybody any solutions for my parents who have incurred this problem, but cannot find their recovery disk since moving home.

    Any help gratefully received.

    Paul
     
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    draez

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    Thanks a lot Jamille

    This worked great!
     
    draez, Jun 25, 2009
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    “\windows\system32\config\system"

    Hi there..!!


    I understand your concern, and I know that this is a very big headache..!!!!

    Well when I was facing this problem, I searched on the internet and got a solution from there...

    Here is the URL for that:-

    http://www.completepcpedia.com/windows_system32_config_system_missing.html


    I wish you get something that you need..!!!!

    Good Luck...!!!


    :) :)
     
    hard_hitter, Dec 13, 2010
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    @draez

    Just registered to say thank you!!!!!

    That ISO file did the trick with no problems
    (XP Home but probably work with Pro too)

    I read a lot of articles before I was going to attempt
    a fix and they were complicated-ish.

    That was so straight forward and simple, it was like it
    was cheating!! ;)

    Thanks again!!!!!
     
    scudrunner9, Feb 21, 2011
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    Hey thanks Jamille, you are awesome, the process you have guided worked perfectly, so i was able to send this message to you from this computer, thanks buddy
     
    Kidroy, May 14, 2011
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