Windows\system32\config\system File Is Missing Or Corrupt error

Windows\system32\config\system File Is Missing Or Corrupt error

In case while booting into XP you get this kind of Windows\system32\config\system File Is Missing Or Corrupt error, then there is nothing to panic - it can be overcome easily.


CD drive,
Windows XP CD


1. Insert Wndows XP CD into your CD/DVD drive.

2. Make your PC boot from the XP bootable setup CD (you might have to change the boot device priority in your BIOS to do so).

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

4.If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation number that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
For example if there are two Windows versions installed you will be prompted to select the number of the Operating SYstem to be repaired.

5.When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:

cd system32\config [enter]
ren system system.old [enter]
ren system.alt systemalt.old [enter] < - this file might not exist for some XP installations.
copy c:\windows\repair\system [enter]
copy c:\windows\repair\regback\system [enter]

7. Thats all, after typing exit your PC restarts and this time boot into your your hardisk and see if everything is normal.

NOTE: However sometimes , there might be a loss of installed drivers after recovery. In such cases just try a system restore / install all your drivers again.

For more detailed procedure or if the problem still persists refer to Microsoft guidance

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