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Windows 7: windows xp question

22 Nov 2010   #1
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
windows xp question

i know this forum is for windows 7 and not xp, but im gonna ask anyways. I have a laptop with xp on it, and when i turn it on, i get an error saying....

\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corupt.

Is there a fix for this, or do i need to reintall windows xp onto it? And if so, do i need to reformat the hdd?
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22 Nov 2010   #2
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
i know this forum is for windows 7 and not xp, but im gonna ask anyways. I have a laptop with xp on it, and when i turn it on, i get an error saying....

\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corupt.

Is there a fix for this, or do i need to reintall windows xp onto it? And if so, do i need to reformat the hdd?
It's telling you that the primary "SYSTEM" registry hive is bad or missing. Boot from you Windows XP CD, and run a CHKDSK from the Recovery Console.

If that does not work, then a repair install is on the cards...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2010   #3
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
i know this forum is for windows 7 and not xp, but im gonna ask anyways. I have a laptop with xp on it, and when i turn it on, i get an error saying....

\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corupt.

Is there a fix for this, or do i need to reintall windows xp onto it? And if so, do i need to reformat the hdd?
It's telling you that the primary "SYSTEM" registry hive is bad or missing. Boot from you Windows XP CD, and run a CHKDSK from the Recovery Console.

If that does not work, then a repair install is on the cards...

ok so is it saying that the file that makes windows xp boot is missing? And do you think a virus caused this?
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23 Nov 2010   #4
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
i know this forum is for windows 7 and not xp, but im gonna ask anyways. I have a laptop with xp on it, and when i turn it on, i get an error saying....

\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corupt.

Is there a fix for this, or do i need to reintall windows xp onto it? And if so, do i need to reformat the hdd?
It's telling you that the primary "SYSTEM" registry hive is bad or missing. Boot from you Windows XP CD, and run a CHKDSK from the Recovery Console.

If that does not work, then a repair install is on the cards...

ok so is it saying that the file that makes windows xp boot is missing? And do you think a virus caused this?
No. the MBR (Master Boot Record) appears to be fine, otherwise you'd be getting a different error message.

The error message you are getting is saying the the SYSTEM hive of the registryis corrupted. The Registry SYSTEM hive happens to store all the information about your hardware, drivers and other system-related info, which is why Windows cannot start without it.

There is lots that can cause such problems. Failing Hard disks, viruses, malware, user error, registry cleaners....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #5
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post

It's telling you that the primary "SYSTEM" registry hive is bad or missing. Boot from you Windows XP CD, and run a CHKDSK from the Recovery Console.

If that does not work, then a repair install is on the cards...

ok so is it saying that the file that makes windows xp boot is missing? And do you think a virus caused this?
No. the MBR (Master Boot Record) appears to be fine, otherwise you'd be getting a different error message.

The error message you are getting is saying the the SYSTEM hive of the registryis corrupted. The Registry SYSTEM hive happens to store all the information about your hardware, drivers and other system-related info, which is why Windows cannot start without it.

There is lots that can cause such problems. Failing Hard disks, viruses, malware, user error, registry cleaners....
alright so what are some things i could do to try and fix this?
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23 Nov 2010   #6
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post


ok so is it saying that the file that makes windows xp boot is missing? And do you think a virus caused this?
No. the MBR (Master Boot Record) appears to be fine, otherwise you'd be getting a different error message.

The error message you are getting is saying the the SYSTEM hive of the registryis corrupted. The Registry SYSTEM hive happens to store all the information about your hardware, drivers and other system-related info, which is why Windows cannot start without it.

There is lots that can cause such problems. Failing Hard disks, viruses, malware, user error, registry cleaners....
alright so what are some things i could do to try and fix this?
You will need to boot from your Windows CD and perform a repair installation, as I've already mentioned...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #7
blackzero

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Boot up from your Windows CD and enter the recovery console. When the c:\ shows up, type chkdsk c: /r
Enter

Let it runs for a while and reboot if asked. Check if you can boot up normally this time.
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24 Nov 2010   #8
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

the laptop does not have a disk drive, and i do not have a windows xp disc anyways. Is there a way i can get the windows xp software online and put it on a usb drive and do it from there?
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25 Nov 2010   #9
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
the laptop does not have a disk drive, and i do not have a windows xp disc anyways. Is there a way i can get the windows xp software online and put it on a usb drive and do it from there?
Well, no...

Windows XP has not been available for purchase for some time now. Your best bet would be to make a copy of a friends Windows XP CD and use that.

What do you mean you computer has no disk drive? If you mean no CD/DVD Drive, then you'll need to get ahold of an external Cd/DVD drive that connets via USB.

Failing your acquisition of either a Windows XP CD and/or an Externmal CD Drive (without which we can't help you), you'll have to take your laptop to the nearest computer repair shop and have their technicians look at it.
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