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Possible Crash

JJH35

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#1
i woke up this morning turned my comp on and i get a black screen that says "Windows could not start because the following file is corrupt or missing: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

"You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the Original setup cd-rom, Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

anyone have ne clues what i can do, i cant lose that data i have on there so i cant format it, when i try the repair thing it just takes me to like a C:\Windows dos prompt type thing and i dont know what i can do, i need help with this bad

i also ran the maxtor powerdisk diagnostic tools and it "passed" the test
 

XeoNoX

OSNN Senior Addict
#2
Sounds like you need to reinstall the operations system.

If you are using windows xp or 200 do the following :

Use a windows 98 boot disk and re-install windows from the dos promt.

Go to the CD drive.
then go to the i386 directory
then type WINNT
windows should beging setting up
 

JJH35

OSNN Addict
#4
anything but format, yes ive got 50gigs of stuff i cant get back if i have to format, 2nd maxtor drive in a year thats died on me, i just love em
 

XeoNoX

OSNN Senior Addict
#5
you can re-install windows WITHOUT FORMATING, just follow the instructions that i posted earlier and choose to repair the OS rather than install a new one.
 

ming

OSNN Advanced
#6
make sure you create a new partition for backup next time mate.
that way you'll be sure that you won't lose files when you re-install windows (if needed).
 

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