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apparition
31-03-2006, 12:48 PM
I did some registry editing on a laptop which means I have a backup reg file. In the same session I uninstalled some apps which required a reboot and XP will not boot any more saying a system file is missing or corrupt.

The system file is neither missing or corrupt so I think the registry is the problem. I would like to know how I can restore the registry to it's backed up state from the console without the admin password (OEM install, not my laptop).

I mention not having the admin password because googleing has given me a set of instructions that rely on using the recovery console.

Trev
31-03-2006, 12:56 PM
Can you boot in safe mode. Hold down F8 while booting to get into safe mode.

Trevor :)

apparition
31-03-2006, 01:04 PM
It looks promising when I do and then dumps me back to the error screen.


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

Speedy Gonzales
31-03-2006, 01:14 PM
And what file is it talking about?? Does it give you a name?

apparition
31-03-2006, 02:24 PM
\windows\system32\config\system

and yes system is a file, a file without extension

Luckily the drive is fat32 so i can access it with a bootable USB

Terry Porritt
31-03-2006, 02:50 PM
Have a look here:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_sys32.htm

Trev
31-03-2006, 03:03 PM
This may help.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545

Trevor :)