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Hi guys,
My parents machine (Windows Vista Home Prem x86) is getting this message about every 4 months or so....

Windows Failed to Start

File: \\Windows\\system32\\config\\system
Status: 0x000000f

Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt.


Now this has happened a total of probably 3 or 4 times now... I am sick of reinstalling the OS and the last time I reinstalled, I reinstalled on a BRAND NEW hard drive...

So I am wondering if I can fix this error without reinstalling the OS...

I don't have any other vista machines in the house, only xp and windows 7 machines...

Is there a way to copy these files so the computer will boot??

And 2nd why does this continuously happen??? Its not a bad HD, No Virus, etc...
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post #2 of 15
Try to boot from the DVD and run system restore.
As of the "why".. no idea. YOu sure it aint a virus? You parents, I guess, use the same software and visit the same websites every thime, so could be.. probably.
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System restore NEVER works for me for some reason
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Do you have power shortages? The big sized installers on my external gets corrupt sometimes because of the unexpected power shortage, So now i dont always plug it in, just when i need to backup something.
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post #5 of 15
Hmm, test memory with the Win utility. PSU is OK?
Did you check Problems and Solutions, Event Viewer, etc tools?
Save a copy of the registry right after install and now and then thereafter.
Edited by ar3f - 2/27/11 at 5:20pm
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Do you have a legit Windows>? Why wouldn't SystemRestore work?...
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post #7 of 15
1) Go to the recovery command prompt
2) run chkdsk /r on your disk
3) Go to: c:\\windows\\system32\\config
4) Copy default, sam, security, software, and system somewhere else
5) Go to c:\\windows\\system32\\config\
egback
6) Copy default, sam, security, software, and system to c:\\windows\\system32\\config
7) Reboot

A common cause of frequent registry corruption is bad memory. Use HCI MemTest to check your memory.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thefreeaccount View Post
1) Go to the recovery command prompt
2) run chkdsk /r on your disk
3) Go to: c:\\windows\\system32\\config
4) Copy default, sam, security, software, and system somewhere else
5) Go to c:\\windows\\system32\\config\
egback
6) Copy default, sam, security, software, and system to c:\\windows\\system32\\config
7) Reboot

A common cause of frequent registry corruption is bad memory. Use HCI MemTest to check your memory.
Could you help me out with those commands??
I dont use the recovery command prompt ever...
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post #9 of 15
so you boot to your windows disc and click "repair my computer"


then select "command prompt window"


which will then look like this:

then in the command prompt window type:
"cd c:\\windows\\system32\\config"

this now puts you in that directory. From there instead of copying the 4 files, you can just rename them in place.

so then type "rename DEFAULT DEFAULTOLD.BAK"
Then repeat for all the files. this renames them, the first argument specifies the file, the second specifies the new name."

next type: "cd c:\\windows\\system32\\config\
egback"
this will put you into this folder.

then you need to copy those 4 files to the parent directory.
so type: "copy DEFAULT ..\\DEFAULT"
in pseudo code "copy + filename in current directory to be copied + where you want file to go (.. = parent directory) and the filename in the new directory"
repeat this for all 4 files

then close command prompt window and reboot computer. everything should go as planned..if not

Have you tried doing a system restore? Or running a chkdsk or sfc scan? let me know if you need a guide on those.
Edited by hokeyplyr48 - 2/28/11 at 6:28am
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post #10 of 15
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I do not have the option for that on my CD... (Repair your Computer)

All that comes up is that it wants me to reinstall basically, no other options...

I am working with a burned version of vista but it is legit....
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