SAM file missing, corrupt or un-writable

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Hey I just turned on my computer today and just after the splash windows
loading page it comes to a blue screen and says that the file
c:\windows\system32\config\sam hive is missing, corrupt or un-writable. I've
tried a few things:
*an in-place upgrade,
*i even installed xp again in a new folder and copied the
c:\windows\repair\sam file in the folder and still didnt work..
i dont care if it doesnt get up an running again, as long as i can use the
new copy of xp to copy some files from my old folder and burn them on cd,
then i can just format but i dont have access to my old accounts folder, is
there a way to access this folder?
TIA. Sam
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Sammy wrote:

    > (snip)
    > *i even installed xp again in a new folder and copied the
    > c:\windows\repair\sam file in the folder and still didnt work..
    > i dont care if it doesnt get up an running again, as long as i can use the
    > new copy of xp to copy some files from my old folder and burn them on cd,
    > then i can just format but i dont have access to my old accounts folder, is
    > there a way to access this folder?
    Hi

    See if taking ownership helps:

    HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421


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    torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
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  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    In properties I dont have the security tab, only have 3 tabs; general,
    sharing, customize.
    Any other ideas?
    Thx
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Sammy wrote:

    > Thanks for the quick reply.
    > In properties I dont have the security tab, only have 3 tabs;
    > general, sharing, customize.
    > Any other ideas?
    > Thx
    Hi

    From the KB link I posted:

    <quote>

    If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must
    start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account
    that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.

    If you are using Windows XP Professional, you must disable
    Simple File Sharing.

    </quote>


    --
    torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
    Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
    the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

    Thankyou, it worked. Sorry I didn't read it all before, but its almost 7am
    here and I've been up all night trying to fix it somehow.
    Thanks again.
    P.S. Tell your boss I think you should get a raise!
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