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Anonymous
April 9, 2005 1:47:48 AM

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My laptop crashed and I got the following message

Windows could not start because the following file is
missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE­M


You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows
Setup using the original Setup CD- ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.


I was in the proceess of a backup but it never completed.

I'm trying to figure out how to

a) backup my laptop data (I have no idea how to do that if I can't boot
into my system)

b) repair my installation. my recovery CD only gives me the option of
wiping my drive which I don't want to do.

c) find out if I can load another version of XP on my system without
wiping my drive. I have WinXP Home (that failed) but I also have a
copy of WinXP Pro which I haven't loaded yet. I was going to try and
install XP Pro on my system and see if I could navigate to my files to
back them up. However, before I preform this I want to be sure that
loading XP Pro won't wipe my system. Can I load XP pro on my system
and basically make it a dual boot system without wiping my files?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm at the end of my rope.

TIA
Billy

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April 9, 2005 1:19:59 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

DONT press R at the first screen, press enter, then F* (to agree to the
EULA)....follow "How to Repair Install" on this page:
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm#How%20to%...:

--
Peter
Toronto, Canada
XP Home SP2
P4 dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 1.0gb RAM, 160gb HD
<billyd1970@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1113022068.549284.25260@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
My laptop crashed and I got the following message

Windows could not start because the following file is
missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE­M


You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows
Setup using the original Setup CD- ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.


I was in the proceess of a backup but it never completed.

I'm trying to figure out how to

a) backup my laptop data (I have no idea how to do that if I can't boot
into my system)

b) repair my installation. my recovery CD only gives me the option of
wiping my drive which I don't want to do.

c) find out if I can load another version of XP on my system without
wiping my drive. I have WinXP Home (that failed) but I also have a
copy of WinXP Pro which I haven't loaded yet. I was going to try and
install XP Pro on my system and see if I could navigate to my files to
back them up. However, before I preform this I want to be sure that
loading XP Pro won't wipe my system. Can I load XP pro on my system
and basically make it a dual boot system without wiping my files?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm at the end of my rope.

TIA
Billy
April 9, 2005 1:22:07 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

That F* should read F8 and you want the "How to Run a Repair Install" down
the page....sorry about that.

--
Peter
Toronto, Canada
XP Home SP2
P4 dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 1.0gb RAM, 160gb HD
<billyd1970@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1113022068.549284.25260@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
My laptop crashed and I got the following message

Windows could not start because the following file is
missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE­M


You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows
Setup using the original Setup CD- ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.


I was in the proceess of a backup but it never completed.

I'm trying to figure out how to

a) backup my laptop data (I have no idea how to do that if I can't boot
into my system)

b) repair my installation. my recovery CD only gives me the option of
wiping my drive which I don't want to do.

c) find out if I can load another version of XP on my system without
wiping my drive. I have WinXP Home (that failed) but I also have a
copy of WinXP Pro which I haven't loaded yet. I was going to try and
install XP Pro on my system and see if I could navigate to my files to
back them up. However, before I preform this I want to be sure that
loading XP Pro won't wipe my system. Can I load XP pro on my system
and basically make it a dual boot system without wiping my files?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm at the end of my rope.

TIA
Billy
April 9, 2005 1:24:05 PM

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You'll also have to reinstall all Windows Updates (and possibly Office
Updates if applicable) afterwards...I'm not awake this a.m.!!

--
Peter
Toronto, Canada
XP Home SP2
P4 dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 1.0gb RAM, 160gb HD
"Peter" <r2d2 AT cesmail DOT net (adjust accordingly)> wrote in message
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> That F* should read F8 and you want the "How to Run a Repair Install" down
> the page....sorry about that.
>
> --
> Peter
> Toronto, Canada
> XP Home SP2
> P4 dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 1.0gb RAM, 160gb HD
> <billyd1970@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1113022068.549284.25260@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> My laptop crashed and I got the following message
>
> Windows could not start because the following file is
> missing or corrupt:
> \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE­M
>
>
> You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows
> Setup using the original Setup CD- ROM.
> Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
>
>
> I was in the proceess of a backup but it never completed.
>
> I'm trying to figure out how to
>
> a) backup my laptop data (I have no idea how to do that if I can't boot
> into my system)
>
> b) repair my installation. my recovery CD only gives me the option of
> wiping my drive which I don't want to do.
>
> c) find out if I can load another version of XP on my system without
> wiping my drive. I have WinXP Home (that failed) but I also have a
> copy of WinXP Pro which I haven't loaded yet. I was going to try and
> install XP Pro on my system and see if I could navigate to my files to
> back them up. However, before I preform this I want to be sure that
> loading XP Pro won't wipe my system. Can I load XP pro on my system
> and basically make it a dual boot system without wiping my files?
>
> Any help would be appreciated. I'm at the end of my rope.
>
> TIA
> Billy
>
>
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