Windows 2000

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Trying to fix my daughter's computer. She's running Windows 2000 and when
you boot up it stalls and says the following:

"Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or
corrupt: \winnt\system32\config\systemced , you can attempt to repair by
starting Windows 2000 setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

Problem - we don't have the windows 2000 cd, is there anything we can do?
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Thanks,
T
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    If the system hive is corrupt, and assuming you already tried LKG (F8 and
    choose Last Known Good), It may be possible to rename the system hive found
    in
    %windir%\system32\config\system
    to system.old
    then rename
    %windir%\system32\config\system.alt
    to
    %windir%\system32\config\system

    You can also try using the most recent backup found in
    %windir%\repair\regback

    If that fails you haven't much choice but to copy/ use the
    original-as-installed system hive from
    %windir%\repair\system
    to
    %windir%\system32\config\system
    You'll need to reinstall the device drivers for any hardware added since the
    original OS install.

    To start the Recovery Console, start the computer from the Windows 2000
    Setup CD or the Windows 2000 Setup floppy disks. If you do not have Setup
    floppy disks and your computer cannot start from the Windows 2000 Setup CD,
    use another Windows 2000-based computer to create the Setup floppy disks.
    Press ENTER at the "Setup Notification" screen. Press R to repair a Windows
    2000 installation, and then press C to use the Recovery Console. The
    Recovery Console then prompts you for the administrator password. If you do
    not have the correct password, Recovery Console does not allow access to the
    computer. If an incorrect password is entered three times, the Recovery
    Console quits and restarts the computer. Note If the registry is corrupted
    or missing or no valid installations are found, the Recovery Console starts
    in the root of the startup volume without requiring a password. You cannot
    access any folders, but you can carry out commands such as chkdsk, fixboot,
    and fixmbr for limited disk repairs. Once the password has been validated,
    you have full access to the Recovery Console, but limited access to the hard
    disk. You can only access the following folders on your computer: drive
    root, %systemroot% or %windir%


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    Regards,

    Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect

    "waymorechips" wrote:
    | Trying to fix my daughter's computer. She's running Windows 2000 and when
    | you boot up it stalls and says the following:
    |
    | "Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or
    | corrupt: \winnt\system32\config\systemced , you can attempt to repair by
    | starting Windows 2000 setup using the original Setup floppy disk or
    CD-ROM.
    | Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
    |
    | Problem - we don't have the windows 2000 cd, is there anything we can do?
    | --
    | Thanks,
    | T
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    waymorechips wrote:
    > Trying to fix my daughter's computer. She's running Windows 2000 and when
    > you boot up it stalls and says the following:
    >
    > "Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or
    > corrupt: \winnt\system32\config\systemced , you can attempt to repair by
    > starting Windows 2000 setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
    > Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"
    >
    > Problem - we don't have the windows 2000 cd, is there anything we can do?


    Sometimes, the Registry Repair utility available from Microsoft can fix
    problems of this sort. It doesn't solve every problem, but it's worth a
    try, particularly since any other repair would first require you to
    re-locate your original Win2K installation CD, or acquire another.

    Registry Repair Utility download for Windows 2000-based computers
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;830570&Product=win2000


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