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    Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    When am starting my windows XP machine I get this error message saying that "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM missing windows can't start". I have tried restarted many times but the same error. What should I do now, I have not deleted any of the file on my machine and that too a file related to system. Any known solutions to this error?

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    heemanshubhalla Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    Here are easy steps to repair this error

    1. Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD.
    2. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
    3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
    Typically this will be #1
    4. Enter in the administrator password when requested
    5. cd \windows\system32\config
    6. Depending on which section was corrupted:
    ren software software.bad or ren system system.bad
    7. Depending on which section was corrupted
    copy \windows\repair\system
    copy \windows\repair\software
    8. Take out the CD ROM and type exit

    If that doesn't work or you can't get into the repair console then With the XP disk you choose to install Windows XP and when you choose to install over the current XP installation you will be given the option to repair the current Windows installation and you won't lose all of your data.

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    Aniruddha Array
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    Jul 2012

    Re: Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    The Windows that you use contains vital information which are stored and accessed by the windows in order to run the Operating System seamlessly. in case of any system related file missing or damage the windows will not find or access the vital data and will stop functioning, what is happening to your system.

    You must have the Windows Installer Diskette for Windows XP with you,
    Insert it in optical drive and boot from it.
    Afterwords select Install now option,
    Next select Repair Install option and follow the guidence of the software to let it self heal.
    Once finished, remove the disk from the drive and boot normally from the C: drive.

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    Sohanlal9401 Array
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    May 2012

    Re: Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System; do not worry.

    Possibily cause is incomplete installation of windows XP OS.

    You need to reinstall windows XP.

    Use original version of windows XP.

    The CD you use to install XP should not have any scracth on it.

    It should be easily readable.

    Follow correct steps of XP installation.

    If you install XP properly you will not get above error message.

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    adityaonline Array
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Re: Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    Dear friend your pc files of the system has got corrupted and need to be repaired.

    But the repair will work can not be guranteed and you may ned to format and reinstall the windows.

    Follow these steps.

    1. Configure your windows to boot via dvd.

    2. Start the windows setup.

    3. The setup will look for existing installtion of the windows and provide you option to repair.

    4. attempt to repair the windows.

    5. If the windows repair fail to work then perform a clean install by formatting the drive and reinstalling the windows.

    for the further help post to y visitor massage.


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    Abdul Rafey Array
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    In Rampur,UP

    Re: Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    Hey its means your windows is corrupt .
    This happens when your system turns off unnecessarily due to power failure .
    Or it can be due to a virus.
    So reinstall windows again .
    And run a virus scan and scan for malwares.You can use Guardian or avg to scan your computer .

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    Dreamer Array
    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    Re: Error: "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM Missing. Windows can't start." on Windows XP System.

    Hi Friend,

    You can sa\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM file is missing in your PC

    This message says the system boot files are missing or have been corrupted.
    There is due to the virus attack in your system and corrupts config file.

    You need to Repair/Re-install of the boot files to solve this issue.

    >> Configure your computer to boot from the CD drive.
    >> Insert your Windows xp CD and boot from it.
    >> You'll see some files being copied, then you'll be presented with a choice of installing or
    >> repairing an existing installation. Choose Repair.

    >> At the C:\Windows prompt, type FIXBOOT. You'll be prompted to confirm. Do so.
    >> When FIXBOOT is finished, remove the Windows XP CD and type EXIT and the machine will reboot.

    If issue persist again get the Fresh copy of windows Xp
    and Format the System drive
    and Install windows Xp again.

    I hope you will understood.

    All the Best.

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