Missing or corrupt file

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Marco, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. Marco

    Marco Guest

    Hi, hope someone can help.
    I have just received this error on my PC for he third time.

    Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

    The first time i followed the MS Knowledge base article and that seemed to work ok.
    The second time i messed up somewhere and had to format and reinstall, everything was fine for a couple of months, but all of a sudden i got the error when booting.
    Any ideas??

    Win XP Home edition
    Asus A7A 266 -e
    Asus v7100 GeForce2 400 MX 64mb (detonator 29.80)
    512 mb PC 2100 DDR ram
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    This seems to be happening quite a bit. Are you sure you are not accidently deleting it? If it is corrupting maybe try replacing it with a file from someone elses computer. :confused:
     
  3. Marco

    Marco Guest

    Corrupt file

    Hi Hipster!
    Thanks for replying
    I am 99% sure i am not deleting the file, not intenetionally anyway, i just cannot think why all of a sudden the problem has come back.
    Unfortunately, i don't know anyone else using XP so i can't copy the file from there.
    It's strange 'cos i did a full format and reinstall recently and everything was running hunky dory until yesterday.
     
  4. Dlovely

    Dlovely Guest

    if u have XP on cd-rom, u can boot to it and choose the repair option.
     
  5. xsk8zerox

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    yep only way... its a screwed up reg hive... probably from a hard shutdown
     
  6. Marco

    Marco Guest

    Corrupt file

    Yeah
    i tried the restore option and went through the article on MS Knowledge base about making tmp dir's etc and copying from the repair folder. Done that 4 times altogether, although only twice since my latest episode.
    Even so, why would a hard shutdown cause the registry to mess up, it doesn't in any other windows versions even W2000 or NT which XP is supposedly built around.
    Could it be indicative of a hardware problem?
     
  7. xsk8zerox

    xsk8zerox Moderator

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    heh try the REPAIR option ;)
     
  8. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    What file system are you using? Does xp restart by itself or freeze up? :confused:
     
  9. Dlovely

    Dlovely Guest

    just restart ur computer with the XP cd in, then chose the repair command and you should be fine. don't bother messing with other stuff yet. its an idiots way of fixing important files that may have been corrupted/deleted.
     
  10. Marco

    Marco Guest

    Sorry , i meant the repair option.
    Using NTFS, it did restart once and i used to get the occasional lockup, but not anymore.
     
  11. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    If it's not playing up anymore try the repair option & then keep an eye on what happening, if anything, to cause the corruption.
     
  12. Marco

    Marco Guest

    Yeah i will.
    I will check the system log and see if i can find anything theer!
    Cheers guys
     
  13. jomz

    jomz Guest

    I have encountered the same exact problem, and I've always had to re-format and to re-install.

    I'm running WinXP Professional, and when I try to perform the repair function, I just don't get HOW to use it.

    Anyone here care to explain HOW to exactly perform a recovery/repair when this particular thing happens?
     
  14. Marco

    Marco Guest

    Yeah,
    I would be interested too!
    The help option seems a bit vague. Not enough descriptions
     
  15. Waldo

    Waldo Guest

    This has happened to me on 2 occasions and both times I restored the registry from backup using the NT backup program I got from this site. It worked both times.
     
  16. Marco

    Marco Guest

    can you put a link to the NT backup thing?
     
  17. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    have you tried running "sfc /scannow" (no quotes) at the command prompt?
     
  18. Marco

    Marco Guest

    not yet no.
    Does the file checker actually fix files aswell or just scan them for problems?
     
  19. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    it should fix them, i think you need the xp cd in the drive.

    run sfc /? to see the full list of options
     
  20. Marco

    Marco Guest

    thanks, i will try that