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NZHawk
12-10-2010, 01:54 PM
Have an NEC PowerMate DL Series with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
error on boot Missing or corrupt c:\windows\system32\config\system
do not have the os cd
can I use a Windows XP Home cd to do the repair?

by note: it most likely is infected thus the problem

pctek
12-10-2010, 02:17 PM
Best not if you want the additional stuff MC has in it.
Just get hold of a MC CD.

NZHawk
12-10-2010, 02:18 PM
If we dont use the extra MC stuff - would it be ok?

SoniKalien
12-10-2010, 03:27 PM
I wouldn't reccomend for a repair - but for a reinstall it should be alright.

NZHawk
12-10-2010, 03:29 PM
But on a reinstall the Windows Media code wont work for XP Home will it?

wainuitech
12-10-2010, 03:38 PM
Nope, code wont work on XP Home, you will need a OEM Media Center CD.

NZHawk
12-10-2010, 03:41 PM
Ok thank you

CYaBro
12-10-2010, 03:46 PM
XP MCE is actually based on XP Pro from memory so you would need an XP Pro disc to do the repair.
But as others have said it probably won't work anyway as MCE has extra bits and other bits removed.

bk T
12-10-2010, 04:04 PM
Press F11 to access the recovery partition and follow on-screen instructions to restore your system - provided you've not reformatted the recovery partition.

1101
12-10-2010, 04:04 PM
Seen that many times.
Probable corrupt registry.
Is fixable with backup registry, but you really need to know your way around a PC.
Also a chance the HD is faulty (not allways with that error)-but as you said virus, virus's can also cause reg corruption (usually not)

Possibly fixable with system restore, IF you can get it to run.

NZHawk
12-10-2010, 04:08 PM
Thanks to both 1101 & bk T.
I have ran a diagnostics on the hdd: passed.
Giving the F11 a try.

Snorkbox
12-10-2010, 04:45 PM
If F11 does not work then create a bootable media which can run the following batch file. Remove the first line. Works for WinXP Pro 32 bit SP2:-

Recover XP System batch file
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

1101
13-10-2010, 09:07 AM
windows\repair
Will that take it back to registry when Win was 1st installed ??

I usually use the 'snapshot' in the system restore folder, using a PE CD

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545


9. Open one of these folders to locate a Snapshot subfolder. The following path is an example of a folder path to the Snapshot folder:
C:\System Volume Information\_restore{D86480E3-73EF-47BC-A0EB-A81BE6EE3ED8}\RP1\Snapshot
10. From the Snapshot folder, copy the following files to the C:\Windows\Tmp folder:
* _REGISTRY_USER_.DEFAULT
* _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SECURITY
* _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE
* _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM
* _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SAM
11. Rename the files in the C:\Windows\Tmp folder as follows:
* Rename _REGISTRY_USER_.DEFAULT to DEFAULT
* Rename _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SECURITY to SECURITY
* Rename _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE to SOFTWARE
* Rename _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM to SYSTEM
* Rename _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SAM to SAM
Then MOVE to the c:\windows\system32\config folder


These files are the backed up registry files from System Restore.