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elenah



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:50 pm    Post subject: Cannot boot window Reply with quote

I'm getting this message on my secondary pc.

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.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I've done a lot of research on how to repair but I have a few problems/questions assoctiated to the repair

1. The pc is running Windows XP but that is not what was originally loaded on it when we first purchased it 7 years ago. My husband had a friend load XP on it so I am without a disk to even get to the RC. What I do have is the product recovery cd for Windows 98 which is what was originally loaded. I also have the Windows 98 boot disk but it's a floppy and the floppy no longer works on the pc.

2. I have Windows XP Media installed on my main pc, can i use the disk from this to repair the corrupt one?
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elenah



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Forgot to add Reply with quote

The pc is over 7 years old. Is it even worth spending the time trying to fix?
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Markb



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on what you want to use the PC for if it is worth trying to fix it. If you are just using it for office type applications word processing etc it would probably be fine. On of the problems though is from what you describe the OS on the PC is not a legal version and as this is a public forum we are reluctant to assist but don't want to offend. Suffice it to say that if you try what you describe in your original post to get to the recovery console you will not break the PC.

If you are interested, you might try installing an open source OS like Ubuntu and open office for Word processing and spreadsheets. All free under the GLP license.

Ubuntu
Open Office
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elenah



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject: I understand Reply with quote

Thank you for your response. I understand the reluctance to help in regard to it being a non-legal version. I truly was unaware that it was , my husband and I are no together anymore and I would really like to fix this pc and run things properly and legally. I've looked at purchasing a new Windows OS for it but I'm unsure if I'll be able to use it on this pc if I don't fix it first. Or is it possible to load the new OS? And further to your post, the pc is my sons pc. He does his homework on it and that's pretty much it.
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you buy the same version of XP, then you should be able to install it over the top of the current version, thus fixing the problem and getting a legal copy of Windows.
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elenah



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I definitely want a legal copy of Windows but the problem is, I'm not sure what version of Windows XP is on there. I'm thinking at this point I probably have 3 options and I'm not sure which one is more practical considering this pc is only used for homework and such.

1)Somehow try to figure out what version of Windows XP was loaded, even though I have no idea how to do it or if it's even possible and install a new one.

2) Pay for someone to come in and look at it and repair it.

3) Buy a new hard drive.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. thanks
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have anything on the PC that you want to keep? If not then you can wipe the hard drive and install a new version of XP.
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elenah



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is nothing on the pc that I need. My son backs up all his homework to a travel drive (no printer attached to this pc). Is it a difficult procedure to wipe the hard drive clean and install a new OS?
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elenah



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:54 pm    Post subject: Update Reply with quote

Found my emergency recovery cd for windows 98 that originally came with the pc. Is it possible to revert back to windows 98 with this cd and upgrade at a later date?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what an emergency recovery cd is. It sounds like something provided by the manufacturer to restore the system, so it might work. Does the CD say anything else on it?
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