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    System won't boot - missing file C:\Windows\System32\System

    I am occasionally getting some kind of problem like 'System won't boot, missing file' and "C:\Windows\System32\System." Is there anyone who can tell me what the file it is referring to? Thanks.

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    Re: System won't boot - missing file C:\Windows\System32\System

    Are you actually getting the below message:

    Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
    Note the path has the folder 'Config" in it.

    If yes, then it could be a corrupted registry, and you would want to system restore to a time before the issue happened, or check the below article:

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

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    Re: System won't boot - missing file C:\Windows\System32\System

    The error means that the system portion of your Windows registry is damaged or missing. So follow the below articles to solve the issue:

    How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from
    Starting
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;307545

    How to Troubleshoot Registry Corruption Issues
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;822705

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    Re: System won't boot - missing file C:\Windows\System32\System

    Thanks for the solution, I will read it as soon as I reach home.

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