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    ATX Mental Case theshoeshineman's Avatar
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    Default Windows could not start because...

    The Error:
    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    \Windows\System32\Config\System

    My attempts at fixing.

    1) Tried chkdsk \R
    Result: Got further into windows but still did not totally boot

    2) Put in Windows CD and did a Windows Repair
    Result: Booted into windows but system was extreamly slow

    3) Got new hard drive and installed a fresh copy of windows
    Result: Worked fine for a while and booted and shut down a number of times, but while I was shutting down I got a blue screen of death and then when I rebooted the original error message has come up again.

    Could it be a RAM problem? As it was shutting down windows. Maybe it had trouble releasing stuff from memory?

    Could it be the motherboard. Most of the time if it's a weird error it's usually because of the motherboard. None of the capacitors look blown but hey any part could fail.

    I've told them to get a new pc but this is a nice looking Biostar Ideq, any suggestions?
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    Default Re: Windows could not start because...

    I went into the recovery consol this time and typed in the following 4 lines

    md tmp
    copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system

    It's now booting back into windows, but I'm still unclear as to what the cause might be as I have rulled out power failure/surge or a corrupt hard drive.

    The PC is normally connected to a UPS.
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    Default Re: Windows could not start because...

    Sometimes, it just comes out of nowhere.
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