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04-05-2010, 02:00 PM
My little brother deleted something from system32 please help!

computer boots into system recovery but when i go into command prompt X:\windows\systum32 bootrec /scanos it tells me total identified windows installations: 0. Cant boot my desktop :confused:

thanks for any help. :badpc:

Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 02:04 PM
What does the error say if you boot into windows normally

04-05-2010, 02:10 PM
it launches startup repair

Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 02:23 PM
Press F8 then last known good config. See what happens. If that doesnt work press F8 then safe mode / command prompt. If this works, type rstrui.exe. See what happens. If this works, go back a few days

If that doesnt work, you may have to reformat

04-05-2010, 02:29 PM
Try a C: instead of X: ?

If the System is badly corrupted a Repair install may fix it.
Failing that a Format and reinstall may be needed.

Which Windows OS version?

Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 02:30 PM
And its system

04-05-2010, 02:53 PM
i tried c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe and it says the system cannot find the path specified

under recovery it says operating system: windows 7 on (D:) local disk (d is a partition of my hard drive but windows is on C? confused :badpc:

Speedy Gonzales
04-05-2010, 02:56 PM
If the system32 folder has been deleted, the only way youre going to get it back, is if you remove the hdd, put it in a working system (with XP on it, then copy the system32 folder to it). Otherwise, I would say you'll have to reformat. And then password protect it. So noone can log into it

04-05-2010, 02:59 PM
try this, at the X type in C: chkdsk /r <press enter>

04-05-2010, 03:03 PM
try this, at the X type in C: chkdsk /r <press enter>

just goes to C:\ ??

04-05-2010, 03:06 PM
what if i boot ubuntu from a usb drive then download a windows 7 ultimate system32 folder???

04-05-2010, 03:32 PM
I'd be very surprised if it worked, the system 32 folder contains all sorts of dll and many other files. even if it did boot it would be very unstable.

You may be better off saving all data via Ubuntu and doing a complete reinstall. To do a repair install correctly with W7 - you need to be able to boot into it first As described here (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html)

You cant do a system restore - because the exe system restore file was in the now deleted system32 folder.

04-05-2010, 03:39 PM
how can i reinstall windows after saving my files? and im still on rc maybe i will have to upgrade. will i need the full version or the upgrade?


04-05-2010, 03:51 PM
The Windows 7 RC expires on June 1, 2010 and was free. So you would be a LOT better off just purchasing a full licensed version of your choice.

You can do it via a upgrade DVD, but The Windows 7 beta or RC releases were Ultimate edition, so you’ll only be able to upgrade to the RTM (final) if you are installing Ultimate Edition, which is a LOT more expensive than the Home premium or Professional.