C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt

C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt

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. Do NOT use an OEM “Recovery Disc”. Only a valid Windows XP media will work or a disc from the OEM that says “Operating System” may sometimes work depending on how the manufacturer labeled the CD

Recovery Console

The Windows XP Recovery Console1.

The Recovery Console is a command line console (you know, MS-DOS like window) that allows you some access to your computer (basically, your crashed computer…sorta like Windows 98 boot to command prompt only). It’s not full of features but when you’re in a jam it does a great job. It’s not necessary to pre-install the Recovery Console but it does help.

To enter into the Recovery Console you have two options:
1.) Reboot the computer and before the Windows Logo screen appears tap F8. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the option to boot into Recovery Console.
2.) If you’re not lucky enough to have the option to boot into Recovery Console via step one, find your Windows XP CD and boot from it. Once it loads the files it’ll ask what you want to do. You’re going to select the “R” option to repair the pc via Recovery Console.

Once you get into the Recovery Console it’ll ask which Windows install you want to use. If you’re a regular computer user there should only be 1 listed (Usually listed as 1. C:\windows ) if you’re a more “advanced” user there might be more listed. It is assumed you should then know which one to boot into if you know how to setup a multi-boot system.

After selecting the Windows installation you would like to boot by pressing the respective number you will be asked for the Administrator’s password. It’s time to enter it.

Please note:

There is a built-in