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Windows 2000 not booting up - reinstall?

by ray1022 / July 16, 2006 7:36 AM PDT

Hello:

I have a Dell Latitude laptop running Windows 2000 Professional and get the following error message when I bootup:

"Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

It seems the only way to fix this problem is to reinstall Windows 2000. I wish to recover the data (files) from the hard drive. When I try reinstalling windows, i get the following message:

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer. Use the up and down arrows to select an item on this list:

-to set up Windows 2000 on the selected items, press enter
-to create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C
-to delete the selected partition, press D

19078 MB disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on atapi
C: NTFS 19072 MB (7756 MB free)


I am unsure which option to choose. I want to keep the existing data on the hard drive and not erase it. Will one of the 3 options above be able to fix my bootup problem, while still keeping the existing data? Or is there anything else I can do so my laptop can bootup?

Thanks so much,
Ritam

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Save your files first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2006 12:33 PM PDT

I use KNOPPIX or other boot CDs to get at the files an send them to other drives or networks.

If you install an OS, the files may vanish.

Bob

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What you are referring to is called a repair install........
by Trance_Zac / July 31, 2006 4:50 AM PDT
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