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Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:30 am Reply and quote this post
so when u turn on my friend's computer, it says it is missing this file: \windows\system32\config\system
now i've tried loading the dell boot cd, a windows xp cd, a windows me cd, even the ultimate boot disc cd...i ran scandisk like twice already and i tried copying the system files from one of the boot cd's, but it keeps saying that THAT file doesn't exist...i can't get into safe mode or even system restore...and my friend REALLY needs the files on this computer so i am utterly and completely stumped here guys, any ideas?? any at all???

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Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:34 am Reply and quote this post
Hook up another HDD, make that HDD the master. Set your friend's current drive as slave. Install Windows on the primary drive....then you can access the files on the secondary drive. :)
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Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:48 am Reply and quote this post
ooo wow that is actually a really good idea...but it's a laptop so i need to find a friggin usb external drive?? lol i'll see if i can find one...
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Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:53 am Reply and quote this post
It sounds like the registry is corrupted.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us

Alternatively, you could just boot up a Knoppix live CD, back up important files and then reformat.


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Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:03 pm Reply and quote this post
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ooo wow that is actually a really good idea...but it's a laptop so i need to find a friggin usb external drive?? lol i'll see if i can find one...

A laptop? Hmm...

Yes, try an external USB hard drive.


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Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:14 pm Reply and quote this post
Hooking up another drive and installing Windows just to access some files is a complete waste of time.
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Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:22 pm Reply and quote this post
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Hooking up another drive and installing Windows just to access some files is a complete waste of time.

It's not going to work anyways because he has a laptop. ;)

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Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:12 pm Reply and quote this post
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It sounds like the registry is corrupted.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us

Alternatively, you could just boot up a Knoppix live CD, back up important files and then reformat.

I agree that the registry is corrupt, or it could be a problem with the HD. The first thing I would try is running SpinRite on the hard drive if you happen to have a copy. Its a great program if you haven't heard of it, but you have to buy it, and I am not sure of the price. (I've only used it at my school for troubleshooting drives and such).

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Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:50 am Reply and quote this post
i went to that site that you suggested kooldrew...(i've been on it before too) and after i type in
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
^that part...it says it can't find the file, i'm using a win xp pro sp2 cd, the laptop has win media edition, does this matter?? cuz i've also tried it with the dell recovery cd...

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Thu Dec 29, 2005 3:14 pm Reply and quote this post
You tried doing that exact same thing with the Media Center installation disc? Are you sure it is typed perfectly? Is the disc scratched? Also, doesn't the recovery CD only have drivers and stuff on it? I know my moms Dell came with two different disks. One Windows installation disc and the other is a recovery disc with the drivers and and other software.

Why don't you just boot up a copy of Knoppix and backup the important files and reformat? It is probably the easiest and least painless option.


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