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Windows cannot start - how safe is my data?
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Posted November 10, 2011 at 1:42PM
Hi. My desktop PC running a fully updated (SP3) Windows XP Pro (32-bit) encountered an error last night - claiming it had to close Windows Explorer to protect the computer (or similar message).
Since then I have been unable to start Windows at all.
Turning on my PC results in the follwing message (which occurs before the "Windows loading" screen would normally appear):
**Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.**
My PC was pre-installed with Windows XP Pro by the manufacturer. I was supplied with a recovery CD. However my major concern is that I had recently transferred all of my files to the PC with the intention of backing up onto a removable HD. The one I had been using has since been erased. So the only copy of these files is on my PC's hard drive!
If I attempt to repair the missing windows file, what risk is there of me losing my data on the hard drive?
Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated - including how I might save my data before attempting repair, thank you.
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Posted November 10, 2011 at 2:29PM
get one of these USB-SATA-IDE-CABLE-ADAPTER or a usb caddy enclosure and take your HDD out of your pc and hook it up to another pc via USB and copy/transfer all your documents/data to another HDD.
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Posted November 10, 2011 at 2:52PM
Missing Or Corrupt Windows\System32\Conf\System File http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/howdoirepairamissingor_cor1.htm
To fix the "windows\system32\config\system file is mising or corrupt" where Xp wont boot:
Go to Recovery Console and type:
cd system32\config ren system system.old ren system.alt systemalt.old copy c:\windows\repair\system copy c:\windows\repair\regback\system exit
To make a recovery console CD download and burn this iso file to a CD http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
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