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Win XP Pro Starting problem

by ylselo / July 16, 2005 4:12 AM PDT

I have Win XP Pro installed on a PIII 500mhz, 256Meg RAM. My 6 year old did something to it that he cannot explain to me.
Anyway, when I boot up the PC, it goes thru most of its sequences until it shows:" Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM".
Then it advises starting with Windows Setup using the original CD-ROM and press r at the first screen to start repair.
I did all of that and nothing happened.
I checked my BIOS; everything appears fine.
I booted it with a folppy disk and I didn't have access to the other drives.
I am asking for HELP. PLEASE.

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Try the Repair method....
by Michael Geist / July 16, 2005 4:42 AM PDT
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Safe mode
by Marcel Bakker / July 16, 2005 5:18 AM PDT

does the computer boot up in safe mode ( press F8 after POST).
If yes, then run a disc check first before you try to do an in place re-install....usually you do loose some stuf with an inplace re-install....and never let kids use YOUR computer, get them an old one to trash!

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this would fix if
by gopinath_sastra / July 16, 2005 7:11 PM PDT

u installed xp
but dont try this if xp came preinstalled
boot to the recovery console by booting from xp cd and press r in the first screen
then press number 1 and hit enter
then press enter(if u have set any password for the default administrator u need to type it)but mostly it is blank
then u wiill be in c:\windows>
cd system32\config
press enter
system system.old
press enter
type cd \
press enter
type cd windows\repair
press enter
type copy system c:\windows\system32\config\system
press enter
type quit and press enter and see if it works
this will definitely work if u installed xp but if it is an oem installation it is not possible and reason is in 307545
the steps are a part of article 307545

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Win XP Prp Starting Problem
by ylselo / July 17, 2005 12:23 PM PDT

I appreciate all the help you are sending my way. Yet, there's very little I can do when I can't access the Recovery Console, when I can't boot from Safe Mode, when I even changed the booting sequence in BIOS and I still can't boot from the CD ROM. Etc.
This is my kids' PC. I am trying to fix it asap this way they don't get a chance to mess mine. And yes, they would need a password to access my PC.
My next option - which I was trying to avoid- is to remove the HD and slave it to my own PC so I can try to load the missing file.
Thanx. Keep the suggestions coming

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Windows XP Pro Starting Problem
by ylselo / July 24, 2005 3:37 AM PDT

Gents, I followed your advices. I was able to restart XP. But I ended with more problems: it says now that :"windows\system32\l_intl.nls" is missing or corrupted. What do I do now when I boot to the recovery console?
Thank you.

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