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XP woes



Anyone got any ideas?
I have had this error message at startup
Missing or corrupt file
This must be 5\6 times i have had this now. I reinstalled XP again but i have no idea why this happens.
The system runs fine for a couple of weeks and then Blam!
I am on a real downer with XP at the moment, i'm thinking of going back to 98.
Is this a known issue, does anyone know?
Has anyone else experienced this?
I hope its addressed in SP1.


system is the file. There is no extension. Its some kind of windows hidden\system\protected file.
There is a MS Knowledge base article (just search for Windows\system32\config\system
) with a long winded solution, which i have done twice now, but not much in the way of an explanation as to why its happened


This has happened to me several times and I always use the ERUNT registry backup program to restore the registry. Fixes it every time.


Thanks for the replies everyone.
Could i please get an explanation of ERUNT and the registry cleaner. I would really appreciate that.


I now have the ERUNT program. What a cool app, i wish i had this befire. lol.
Could you tell me how i would restore?
I have read the ReadMe.txt with the app and it basically says to run the ERDNT(?) app from a C:\ prompt. Can i get to a C:\ prompt in XP? Is it possible from the system restore section or should i use a boot disk?
Sorry for being a pain but i would like to get this app set up ASAP.
Thanks again everyone

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
Let's say your installation is here > C:\Program Files\ERDNT.

To restore:
1/ Press F8 when booting & choose 'safe mode with a command prompt. That gets you here > C:\
2/ Type cd Progra~1 press enter. Gets you here > C:\Progra~1
3/ Type cd ERDNT press enter. Gets you here > C:\Progra~1\ERDNT
4/ Now type ERUNT press enter & away it goes.

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