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I turned my comp on this morning and found that XP was taking much longer than usual to load, so I restarted and went into the BIOS to check all the settings, but when I went to start up again, I'd get the selection on how to start windows (safe mode, normally, etc. without pushing F8), and I've tried every option, each resulting in a restart on it's own, with the exception of "Boot Windows Normally", which, after about 5 minutes of sitting there displays this:

"Windows could not start up because the following file is missing or corrupt

\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM32\\CONFIG\\SYSTEM"

I tried a recovery program I had laying around, but after letting it run, it said it came across errors with recovering, but it still went on going. When it hit 43%, it froze up, so I restarted again, and now...nothing. I'd really rather not have to reinstall XP because I have files that I want to retain. Is there some way to get the missing/corrupt file back or use some other recovery/repair program? Thanks.
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Had a similar issue a while back. Windows drivers were corrupted. Try "fixing" with your xp cd. Put in the drive and follow directions to recover/fix. If this is unsuccesful, you must reload windows (what I had to resort to). Good luck; I hope someone else can give you advice that doesn't mean you have to reinstall!
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post #3 of 10
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Well, I've googled numerous solutions to this problem, but I've not found one that seems to really help to the end. I'll get up to a point, then I find I can't go on because I have an OEM copy (most of the solutions work on the retail version only). I did, however, connect my old hdd from my previous setup, and I can access that. I can do most everything fine, but when I go to "My Computer" the window stops responding, so I don't think I can even access my messed up drive. All I need is a few, maybe 5 to 10, files (bookmark backups, saved game files, etc.) then I'll be fine with reinstalling.

Anyone recommend a really good hard drive file recovery program?
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post #4 of 10
I had that error with an old dell. It's a long process but I called up Dell and they took me through it. Basically put in the XP CD and go to recovery and theres is a bunch of commands needed to be put in to copy certain files..
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post #5 of 10
I've used active undelete, it's really good for the price. Don't know about free ones though.

Have you tried running scandisk or simillar while the drive is in your other computer?
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post #6 of 10
Alot of times you can actually fix that error by simply doing chkdsk /r /p on the drive.

Barring that, the OEM Windows CD will still allow you to do a Windows Repair from the CD. Just boot from the CD, go past where you can do the recovery and instead of doing a Full Install, you can do a Windows Repair.
    
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post #7 of 10
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Well, thanks for all the advice and help, but I think the drive is pretty much shot now. It began to make a ticking sound on about a 3 second interval, and I can't even get the Windows XP disc to even load. I'll keep these tips in mind for future reference.
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post #8 of 10
This may sound wierd, but put it in the freezer for 15 mins, then try to get your data off it really quick. It works half the time.
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post #9 of 10
Make sure to put it in a plastic baggy if you try the freezer route.
It sometimes actually works...
    
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I definitely agree with the freezer bit. I used to recover info on a laptop once. Good luck!

EDIT: Meaning I removed the drive and put in the freezer not the entire lappy.lol
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