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can't access windows

by ericrb / April 27, 2006 6:05 AM PDT

I have a 5 year old off brand computer with 364mb memory,9gig hd and pentium 3 cpuand XP os. When I boot up the sequnce goes to "looking for boot info on cd-rom." the light on the cd-rom carrier comes on but when I click on enter I get a window that says"file in config system is corrupt or missing". Can I get into DOS to clean the hard drive and start all over? Need help.

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What if you don't press enter??
by Gakada / April 27, 2006 6:32 AM PDT
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just wait the pc booting...

Most likely it cause by your pc is configure to start from CD.. (it is needed if you want to install/boot from a cd)

to start over the installation, just insert the windows CD and follow the instruction.. BUT then if you don't want to see the message again, you need to change your bios setup.

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what if you don't press ENTER
by ericrb / April 27, 2006 7:10 AM PDT

If I don't press ENTER when booting from cd the computer boots up to that point again or "a config file is missing or corrupt" message.


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Ripple, Please Give Us The EXACT Error Message
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 28, 2006 4:16 AM PDT

In addition, although you mentioned, that you had Windows XP, which service pack do you have installed? Are you at XP SP2?

First, have you tried System Restore? If not, please do.

Do you have the Windows XP CD?

Please check the link below for a fix:

Next, please try installing all the most recent drivers for your hardware, especially

Is the message you received indicated below, or is it different somehow?
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
run SETUP and select "r" to repair..

Hope this helps.


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config error
by ericrb / May 1, 2006 10:53 AM PDT

The message you have indicated is the exact same one on my screen.

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And Did You?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 2, 2006 2:10 AM PDT
In reply to: config error

...try the procedures listed in the Microsoft link I provided?

Hope this helps.


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Tell us a little about...
by Edward ODaniel / April 30, 2006 2:40 AM PDT
In reply to: can't access windows

that CD you are attempting to boot from.

That is not a normal sounding error unless it is a "home brewed" bootable CD of some type.

You mention that you have XP but from reading the post it would appear that while you may have it you don't appear to have it installed?

We can't operate in the dark--try shedding some light by telling the WHOLE STORY (such as why you are booting from a CD is you have XP installed as you state and what that CD is--an XP installation CD WILL NOT give an error message even remotely like what you indicated).

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