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    Smile missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system

    After several attempts to reinstall windows xp pro, I received the message in that title box. Now I cannot even access anything on my computer. Any ideas?

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    How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

    Could be several file issues...boot ini...MBR corruptions etc

    Could even be a bad HDD

    This is a fix....but can even mean a HDD failure or about to fail....so backup backup backup asap...abs
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    Default NTLDR missing

    I completed a zero fill format and now I cannot boot from any disk including the original software that came with the computer

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    Hi rbroty,

    Is this the same computer as you posted about in the link below?

    missing or corrupt file windows\system32\config\system

    If it is, please let us know and we can merge the 2 threads.

    Thank you,

    Donna
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    yes this is the same computer. >I re formatted the hard drive and now cannot boot it up

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    Hi rbroty,

    Sorry for the delay. Were you able to boot from disk prior to formatting the HDD? I'm assuming you could since you mentioned having trouble reinstalling in your first post.

    Double check to see if the first boot device is set for CDROM in the BIOS.

    Abseh1 suggested that the HDD might be bad. I think he might be correct. He's usually spot on concerning bad HDD's.

    EDIT: You could remove the drive from the computer and attach it (or use an external enclosure) to a known healthy computer and see if the drive can be seen at all. It is possible that the reason the drive will not boot is due to physical damage.
    Last edited by DonnaB; 11-16-2012 at 07:19 PM.
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