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    Getting an error "C:\windows\System32\config\system file not found" in windows XP Professional

    When i boot into windows xp Professional,i get an error "C:\windows\System32\config\system file not found". Windows then stops loading. How can i repair my OS?Is there anyway i could allow a guest to write CDs from their accounts?

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    Support Array
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Re: Getting an error "C:\windows\System32\config\system file not found" in windows XP Professional

    The file "system" that resides in the "config" directory of windows XP's system32 directory is a part of the registry. If this file is corrupt,windows will naturally have problems booting. But you can repair this error by following the below given steps:
    1. Insert the windows xp installation CD and boot through it.
    2. When prompted with the "R=Repair" option, press the "R" button.
    3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of windows you want to repair.Typically this will be number 1 if windows is installed on the C drive.
    4. Enter the Administrator password when prompted.
    5. Type in the following commands at the command prompt:
    6. cd \windows\system32\config
    7. ren system system.bad
    8. copy \windows\repair\system
    9. Eject the CD-ROM and type in exit.
    10. Once done,restart your computer.You should be able to boot into windows xp properly.The guest account will not be able to write CDs.
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    heemanshubhalla Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Getting an error "C:\windows\System32\config\system file not found" in windows XP Professional


    1. You have to boot from that CD.

    2. Put CD in, and restart computer.

    3. At some point, you should see the message:

    4. Press any key to boot from CD

    5. Press "any key" to start the process.

    6. When "Welcome" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    7. In Next step select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.

    8. In recovery console command prompt, type the following lines

    md tmp
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

    delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
    copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
    copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
    copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

    9. Type exit to quit Recovery Console.

    10. Then In Recovery console command prompt use following commands :-.


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    Dreamer Array
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    Jul 2013

    Re: Getting an error "C:\windows\System32\config\system file not found" in windows XP Professional

    Hi Friend,

    You are Getting an error "C:\windows\System32\config\system file not found" in windows XP Professional

    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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