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I had posted earlier in the AMD CPU section about my overclock, and decided to try tweaking things some tonight. Well things went bad. On the Abit Guru overclocking program that I used, I tried a bit higher overclock and as soon as I did that, the program occured an error and had to close, then Windows shut down explorer etc, my desktop went blank and so I hit restart. The program had never done that before and had always worked well for me. When it tried loading Windows back up, before the XP screen, it comes up with an error that the file: C:\\windows\\system32\\config\\system is missing or corrupt!!!! Is there any way to get my system back without formatting and installing windows again!! Any help is very very much appreciated.
 

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Uguru is a buggy program. Use the BIOS to overclock. Reset the CMOS and that error will go away. Its from your ram being overclocked too much
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Uguru is a buggy program. Use the BIOS to overclock. Reset the CMOS and that error will go away. Its from your ram being overclocked too much</div>

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</div>I'm fairly sure it's not the BIOS. It boots fine. It's when it tries to boot Windows that it happens. However if there is someone else to back up this suggestion I will try it. Thanks.
 

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Like i said the overclock is unstable and creates a corruption error. it happens to me all the time from overclocking ram too far. Reset the CMOS and youll be ok <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Like i said the overclock is unstable and creates a corruption error. it happens to me all the time from overclocking ram too far. Reset the CMOS and youll be ok <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>I just tried your suggestion, no change.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Hmm then if you actually did corrupt the OS then the only thing you can do is use the OS Cd to repair it</div>

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</div>How would I go about repairing it using the Windows CD?
 

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Can you boot into safe mode ?<br />
Try to get in to Recovery Console either by hitting f8 at boot up or using the OS cd , You should run chkdsk. <br />
I hope you had system restore on...
 

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put the cd in like your gonna reformat. Then at the first screen youll have the option install or repair or whatever. Pick the install not repair. Then go through it until you see that screen again then pick repair. Itll install all the windows file again. but save everything else
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">put the cd in like your gonna reformat. Then at the first screen youll have the option install or repair or whatever. Pick the install not repair. Then go through it until you see that screen again then pick repair. Itll install all the windows file again. but save everything else</div>

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</div>I did have system restore on. When I put the disk in, and get to the screen and so on, I can click "r" to get to the repair screen. Then it just takes me to the command prompt for windows. How can I get to system restore or anything from there? I can't boot into safe mode. <br />
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If there aren't any other options, it's not the end of the world for me to do a format and new install. It's just a real piss off since it was a lot of work gone in an instant if I can't save anything.<br />
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Also, is it possible to do an install of Windows by overwriting the windows directory with a new installation but saving all my other folders?
 

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dont pick r on the first screen. Pick repair the second time it comes up. Do it like your doing a fresh install, then the second time repair comes up pick it
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">dont pick r on the first screen. Pick repair the second time it comes up. Do it like your doing a fresh install, then the second time repair comes up pick it</div>

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</div>I'm not really sure where you mean... second screen... the only other option I have is 'install' then it will ask me if I want to format, or use current partition. Then I have to either overwrite the current installed Windows or format.
 

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install pick the current partition and itll eventually say this has a version of windows already on it do you want to continue or repair
 

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This screen....<br />
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I wasn't able to get it to 'repair'. When I went through the screens I got to a point where it said it would delete the current Windows folder, or to format the drive. So it deleted the windows folder and re-installed it. On the good side, I have most of my program files still there, but on the bad side I lost everything in my documents and have to set everything with windows up again, including all the programs installed. However, I appreciate your help! Rep point for you.
 
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