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Windows XP system not starting due to corrupted files

Symptoms

My laptop suddenly won't boot-up.  It was OK, then gave me a black screen with 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 running Windows Setup using the original

Setup CD-ROM.  Select "r" at the first screen to start repair."

 

I have the four disk set of Product Recovery CDs, but don't want to format and start over, if I don't have to. 

 


Diagnosis

Lenovo systems running OEM versions of windows XP

Solution



You need a Win XP installation disk in order to repair the corrupted files, and the recovery discs won't work in this capacity, nor any other original files on your C: drive to repair a missing or corrupted file.

 

The  link  below provides a comprehensive description of this scenario. Follow the instructions in the link if you dont want to reformat or Recover your system to factory settings .

 

 http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm#RI

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