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    Default registry fault xp wont start

    My problem is windows wont start file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
    So I eventually got into my recovery console using xp windows start up disc
    Tried chkdsk r/ p/ but no good, I then followed microsofts steps here
    Part one
    In part one, you start the Recovery Console, create a temporary folder, back up the existing registry files to a new location, delete the registry files at their existing location, and then copy the registry files from the repair folder to the System32\Config folder. When you have finished this procedure, a registry is created that you can use to start Windows XP. This registry was created and saved during the initial setup of Windows XP. Therefore any changes and settings that occurred after the Setup program was finished are lost.

    To complete part one, follow these steps:

    Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
    Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
    When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
    If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
    When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
    At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
    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
    Type exit to quit Recovery Console. Your computer will restart.

    Got to the 3rd line of copy copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak it came up with missing file
    copied the rest then went to delete same thing sam file missing
    went to the last copy and all went in
    started windows up got the logo up but it kept re-trying going around in circles
    can anyone help what is my next option ?

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    Hi

    Welcome to Help2Go

    I can't directly help with this as it's somewhat beyond me, but are you using the guide below? Have you see it?

    Help2Go Forums - C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt

    Joe

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    The sam file is your password file

    Can you do an f8 and try last known good config or do a system restore from safe mode?
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    G'day yes tried the F8 last known & safe no good. Have seen the article zep tried to look at steamwiz article but it doesnt come up (page not found)
    Option 2 did'nt work Option 3 did'nt come up with the list of RP folders. Tried downloading a live linux but used a usb flash drive no good.
    So I might have to burn a disc of this, I have another working computer so option 4 will try this
    I was just trying to get my head around (right out of my leauge here) why the sam.bak file is'nt there wont copy or delete, its a hive I think?
    Tried an AVG recovery disc download but no good.
    After all I might just reinstall windows

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    Just tried option 3 again came up with the command isn't recognised noticed the ~ symbol is equal to the top of the letters not in the middle of them ? And are the CDC letters at the start capitals ?

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    I never spend that much time with a corrupted OS...I do not know about the capitals?
    Many believe a clean install is over kill....in many cases ...I personally prefer it to patching WinXP

    Yea ...you seem very computer savvy...save your stuff with Linux and do a clean install...that will fix it
    (down side ...is there are Sevice packs and a 170+ WinXP updates)

    Might want to go to MS and download the Service pack 3
    (Not necessary, but I created a disk from an iso download years ago...actually slip steamed too)

    Note:
    In order to install SP3, you must first have Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a) or Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed.
    Probably will need Windows Installer 4.5 too
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942288

    Installing Windows*XP Service Pack*3 (SP3)

    Learn how to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

    Don't forget an anti-virus program...I like MS Security Essentials
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