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Computer will not start: corrupted file: windows\system32\config\system

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October 24, 2009 9:20:29 AM

My computer will not start, saying I have a corrupted file windows\system32\config\system
How can I download that file as I don't have anymore my windows cd? (XP version)
a b \ Driver
October 24, 2009 10:16:01 AM

Boot to the XP install disk and at the first repair console perform a repair to the system boot files. Once in the first repair console type FIXBOOT in the command prompt and press enter. Reboot the system.
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a b \ Driver
October 24, 2009 12:52:51 PM

Used to happen all the time on my Windows 2000 installation. I kept a copy of SYSTEM so that I could copy it back when necessary. They say defragging the registry helps, but it didn't in my case.
a b \ Driver
October 24, 2009 3:46:42 PM

Hmmm, I had that exact error due to an XP system crashing so often. I did a manual repair of the registry on that machine, but I thought I remembered getting back to desktop to do the manual repair by repairing the boot sector first. Maybe not, but that 's if I remember correctly. I eventuall reloaded that computer and found the reason for all the crashing leading to registry corruption. A bad SATA cable. Fixed and running today.

EDIT: With this particular error, a repair of the corrupted boot sector will get you back to desktop, but...it will not permanently fix the problem.
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a b \ Driver
October 25, 2009 10:06:34 AM

I've fixed this error many times by slaving the hard drive in another computer and restoring the backup copies of DEFAULT, SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE & SYSTEM from System Volume Information. I just start with the newest and work my way backwards until the system boots. A corrupted registry can be caused by a failing hard drive or bad cable.
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