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Anonymous
January 25, 2005 12:38:21 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hi,

I received the message: "Windows XP could not start because the following
file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM "

I followed the steps here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htm

Now I can boot, but I can't install anything (says something about windows
installer needs updated, Norton products won't liveupdate, and several
services can't start (like PCAnywhere)). I've tried to download the latest
Windows Installer, but they don't have anything that you can download.

Also when I went under System Information, it couldn't display anything -
said something about unable to access network information (sorry....exact
error message not available - doing this from memory on another computer).

Does anyone have any recommendations short of formatting and reinstalling?

Thanks!

-- Kent Iler
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January 25, 2005 1:11:56 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hi Kent,

Go to Start/Admin Tools/Services or Start/Run and type in: services.msc

Once there check to see that your proper services are started and running.

As for the installer check that service as well.

Added info:

Windows Installer Issues (Line 348) Right hand side
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm


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"Kent P. Iler" <kent@iler.NOSPAM.com> wrote in message
news:KK-dnZAR6MWPLGjcRVn-tA@comcast.com...
> Hi,
>
> I received the message: "Windows XP could not start because the following
> file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM "
>
> I followed the steps here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htm
>
> Now I can boot, but I can't install anything (says something about windows
> installer needs updated, Norton products won't liveupdate, and several
> services can't start (like PCAnywhere)). I've tried to download the
> latest Windows Installer, but they don't have anything that you can
> download.
>
> Also when I went under System Information, it couldn't display anything -
> said something about unable to access network information (sorry....exact
> error message not available - doing this from memory on another computer).
>
> Does anyone have any recommendations short of formatting and reinstalling?
>
> Thanks!
>
> -- Kent Iler
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> kent@iler.NOSPAM.com
> Please CC: all replies via e-mail
> Remove .NOSPAM from e-mail address
>
Anonymous
January 28, 2005 11:12:26 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

I checked the services. Many are running, but I didn't see anything
about the installer. Is there the equivalent of System File Checker
with XP? Should I just re-install over the old OS and hopefully most
things will still be installed?

Thanks for your help!

--Kent Iler
Anonymous
January 29, 2005 12:27:45 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Yes. To run the checker and restore missing or corrupted system files:

Start>Run type cmd and enter. At the prompt type "sfc /scannow" (no quotes,
include the space). It will probably request the XP cd. You may encounter
problems if SP2 was installed separately.

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Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
"kentiler" <kentiler@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:1106971946.101768.112840@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
>I checked the services. Many are running, but I didn't see anything
> about the installer. Is there the equivalent of System File Checker
> with XP? Should I just re-install over the old OS and hopefully most
> things will still be installed?
>
> Thanks for your help!
>
> --Kent Iler
>
!