Dec 17, 2009

Corrupt or missing WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG

If you get the error: 

Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt


\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE


1.Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD. 


2.At the first R=Repair option, press the R key 


3.Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1 


4.Enter in the administrator password when requested 


5.cd \windows\system32\config 


6.Depending on which section was corrupted:
ren software software. Bad or ren system system. Bad 


7.Depending on which section was corrupted
copy \windows\repair\system
copy \windows\repair\software 


8.Take out the CD ROM and type exit


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