XP won't start, PLEASE HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by wingman411, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. wingman411

    wingman411 OSNN Senior Addict

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    I can't get windows to start. I installed a new dvd +- RW drive and now when I try to start the computer I get this error:

    windows\system32\config\systems
    crorrupt or missing

    I can see all the drives ok in the bios and it still starts in windwos 98 as it was a multi boot

    Please help. I don't want to reinstall or repair if I don't have to.
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    What happens if you unplug the dvd rom then boot up?
     
  3. wingman411

    wingman411 OSNN Senior Addict

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    same problem. I tried to disconnect both dvd roms and still same error.
     
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Sounds like a registry problem. Go to Microsoft to sort it out........hopefully.
     
  5. technokid88

    technokid88 Part of a System Folding Team

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    have you tried booting with the xp disk and then doing the repair function.
     
  6. wingman411

    wingman411 OSNN Senior Addict

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    Do i just reinstall windows over the existing one?

    I tried doing the repair console and copying the system file to a tmp dir and it says it can't find the file.

    If I reinstall over the existing windows in d:, will i lose all my document files?
     
  7. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    Boot from cd-rom, start as if you wanted to install windows, walk through the screens at one point it shows an option to repair ignore this first time, after it has searched for a previous installation, it should show you your all ready installed partition, here you high light this and choose the "r" repair option.
     
  8. fimchick

    fimchick OSNN Senior Addict

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    And no, you will not lose your documents if you do a reinstall on top of the current install.
     
  9. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    I just reread this thread noticing fimchick answered your query and this popped out at me....

    I believe installing to a D: drive could be the actual cause of your problem in the first place.

    Windoze tends to hate being taken away from the C: drive and although it is theoretically OK to do so I have found it just ain't worth the potential hassle and it pays to just let XP do what it wants and own your C: drive... Hope I got this information to you before you repair install....

    Oh and actually I hope your repair install was enough - because if you need to move to the C: drive you'll be up for a reformat / fresh install - and then you may need to take care of being sure to keep your documents etc. Anyways, always good practice to have backup (you DO have backup, don't you!)