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  1. #1
    DD Guest

    following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE

    HI,

    When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I am
    getting this error messgae.

    Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

    how to do the recover or repair.




  2. #2
    Isaac Oben [MCITP:EA, MCSE] Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE

    DD,

    If you have a valid backup, you can run your windows installation disk in th
    Recovery mode and copy "system" file from the backup and replace

    Isaac

    "DD" <DD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:AC392CAE-60AC-46DD-8851-51DEB9DCAB67@microsoft.com...
    > HI,
    >
    > When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I am
    > getting this error messgae.
    >
    > Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    > WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    >
    > how to do the recover or repair.
    >
    >
    >




  3. #3
    DD Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S

    my backup is in that server itself.
    If I don't have the backup, can I do the repair using the default windows
    2003 cd ?

    "Isaac Oben [MCITP:EA, MCSE]" wrote:

    > DD,
    >
    > If you have a valid backup, you can run your windows installation disk in th
    > Recovery mode and copy "system" file from the backup and replace
    >
    > Isaac
    >
    > "DD" <DD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:AC392CAE-60AC-46DD-8851-51DEB9DCAB67@microsoft.com...
    > > HI,
    > >
    > > When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I am
    > > getting this error messgae.
    > >
    > > Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    > > WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    > >
    > > how to do the recover or repair.
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    >


  4. #4
    DD Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S

    i found a system state backup file one month ago, is your the d:\ backup.bkf,

    How can i restore it when i am in the recovery console prompt ?


    "Isaac Oben [MCITP:EA, MCSE]" wrote:

    > DD,
    >
    > If you have a valid backup, you can run your windows installation disk in th
    > Recovery mode and copy "system" file from the backup and replace
    >
    > Isaac
    >
    > "DD" <DD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:AC392CAE-60AC-46DD-8851-51DEB9DCAB67@microsoft.com...
    > > HI,
    > >
    > > When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I am
    > > getting this error messgae.
    > >
    > > Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    > > WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    > >
    > > how to do the recover or repair.
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    >


  5. #5
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS] Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE

    Hello DD,

    Check this artilce's about replcaing the system hive:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826721

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269075

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
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    no rights.
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    > HI,
    >
    > When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I
    > am getting this error messgae.
    >
    > Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    > WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    >
    > how to do the recover or repair.
    >




  6. #6
    Pegasus Guest

    following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEm


    "DD" <DD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:0811A446-2EB7-4D93-ABD5-5042AA95809C@microsoft.com...
    >i found a system state backup file one month ago, is your the d:\
    >backup.bkf,
    >
    > How can i restore it when i am in the recovery console prompt ?


    You're playing a dangerous game with your server. Backing up the machine
    only once every month is grossly inadequate and storing the backup files on
    the server itself makes them close to useless.

    After recovering from the current problem, using Meinolf Weber's links, you
    should review your backup policy and note the following points:

    - The interval between backups is a business decision. How would your
    business be affected if it lost 3 days worth of data? Or 3 weeks?
    - Backup media must be stored well away from the server. If the data is
    critical for the business then it must be stored in a different building.
    - You must alternate between at least two backup media. If you use a single
    medium then you risk overwriting the only good copy of a backed up file with
    a corrupted copy. Many people use five sets, one for each day of the week.
    - You must perform a full test recovery of your backed up data right now. If
    you don't then you will never know whether the process works - until it's
    too late.
    - You must perform a partial test recovery twice each year. If you don't
    then you won't know that the process has failed until it's too late.
    - You must create an automatic notify process that informs you regularly
    (e.g. once a week) how the backup process went.

    If you omit any of the above steps then you risk severe data loss.



  7. #7
    Dave Patrick Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S

    You can choose to restore the system state to an alternate location. Then
    use the system hive from your backup.

    To start the Recovery Console, start the computer from the Windows 2003
    Setup Disk. At the "Welcome to Setup" screen. Press F10 or R to repair a
    Windows 2003 installation, and then press C to use the Recovery Console. The
    Recovery Console then prompts you for the administrator password. If you do
    not have the correct password, Recovery Console does not allow access to the
    computer. If an incorrect password is entered three times, the Recovery
    Console quits and restarts the computer. Note If the registry is corrupted
    or missing or no valid installations are found, the Recovery Console starts
    in the root of the startup volume without requiring a password. You cannot
    access any folders, but you can carry out commands such as chkdsk, fixboot,
    and fixmbr for limited disk repairs. Once the password has been validated,
    you have full access to the Recovery Console, but limited access to the hard
    disk. You can only access the following folders on your computer: drive
    root, %systemroot% or %windir%


    --

    Regards,

    Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect


    "DD" wrote:
    >i found a system state backup file one month ago, is your the d:\
    >backup.bkf,
    >
    > How can i restore it when i am in the recovery console prompt ?
    >
    >
    > "Isaac Oben [MCITP:EA, MCSE]" wrote:
    >
    >> DD,



  8. #8
    Kerry Brown Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE

    If you had a good backup I would have recommended booting to the recovery
    console and running chkdsk as a first step. Without a good backup I wouldn't
    try this as it could make things worse. The first thing you should do is
    backup the server. I recommend you purchase a disk imaging program and
    create an image of all the disks on the server before you do any more
    troubleshooting. Every thing you do to try to fix the problem has the
    potential to make it worse.

    --
    Kerry Brown
    MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience: Systems Administration
    http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/


    "DD" <DD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:AC392CAE-60AC-46DD-8851-51DEB9DCAB67@microsoft.com...
    > HI,
    >
    > When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I am
    > getting this error messgae.
    >
    > Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    > WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    >
    > how to do the recover or repair.
    >
    >
    >


  9. #9
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT] Guest

    RE: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTE

    Hello,
    Did you install SP2 on that machine or was this a slipstreamed installation?
    If you installed SP2 separately I think it backs up the registry at that
    time.
    You would have *.sp registry files in the \Windows\system32\config folder.
    These would be copies from when you installed the service pack.
    If they exist, they could be used ( all of them need to be replaced at the
    same time) to replace the existing registry files.
    Then if boot back into the OS, you could restore the system state backup.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    | >HI,
    | >
    | >When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I
    am
    | >getting this error messgae.
    | >
    | >Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    | >WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    | >
    | >how to do the recover or repair.
    | >
    | >
    | >
    | >


  10. #10
    DD Guest

    RE: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S


    Thanks all for your help. manage to get the OS up by do the chkdsk /R to fix
    the corrupt file.


    ""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" wrote:

    > Hello,
    > Did you install SP2 on that machine or was this a slipstreamed installation?
    > If you installed SP2 separately I think it backs up the registry at that
    > time.
    > You would have *.sp registry files in the \Windows\system32\config folder.
    > These would be copies from when you installed the service pack.
    > If they exist, they could be used ( all of them need to be replaced at the
    > same time) to replace the existing registry files.
    > Then if boot back into the OS, you could restore the system state backup.
    > Thanks,
    > Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    >
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    > | >HI,
    > | >
    > | >When I try to start one of the windwos 2003 server sp2 this morning, I
    > am
    > | >getting this error messgae.
    > | >
    > | >Can someone help "following file is missing or corrupt
    > | >WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"
    > | >
    > | >how to do the recover or repair.
    > | >
    > | >
    > | >
    > | >
    >
    >


  11. #11
    Grant Taylor Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S

    On 3/10/2009 11:25 PM, DD wrote:
    > Thanks all for your help. manage to get the OS up by do the chkdsk /R
    > to fix the corrupt file.


    I'm glad that you got the system up.

    Please note that it is very unlikely that chkdsk actually fixed a
    corrupt file (short of finding linking errors) as it only works on file
    systems, not the contents of files.

    Also, considering that you had enough file system corruption to keep
    your system from booting, I would strongly suggest that you run a 5
    stage chkdsk with the following command:

    chkdsk c: /f /r /x

    /f = Fix errors on the disk.
    /r = Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.
    /x = Force the volume to dismount first if necessary.



    Grant. . . .

  12. #12
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT] Guest

    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\S

    Hello,
    Here is a script to backup the registry if you want to maintain copies

    SP1 for Windows Server 2003 enabled this to work
    You can schedule this job now to run as a scheduled event.

    Save the following lines in a batch file and schedule it using the Task
    Scheduler.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    "%systemroot%\system32\reg.exe save HKLM\system
    %systemroot%\system32\config\system.backup /y"
    "%systemroot%\system32\reg.exe save HKLM\software
    %systemroot%\system32\config\software.backup /y"
    "%systemroot%\system32\reg.exe save HKLM\security
    %systemroot%\system32\config\security.backup /y"
    "%systemroot%\system32\reg.exe save HKLM\SAM
    %systemroot%\system32\config\SAM.backup /y"

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    NOTE: You can back these up to any location and use any naming convention
    that is

    convenient to you; this is just used as a sample suggestion.

    C:\>REG.EXE SAVE /?
    REG SAVE KeyName FileName [/y]

    KeyName ROOTKEY\SubKey
    ROOTKEY [ HKLM | HKCU | HKCR | HKU | HKCC ]
    SubKey The full name of a registry key under the selected ROOTKEY.

    FileName The name of the disk file to save. If no path is specified, the
    file is created in the current folder of the calling process.

    /y Force overwriting the existing file without prompt.

    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    | >On 3/10/2009 11:25 PM, DD wrote:
    | >> Thanks all for your help. manage to get the OS up by do the chkdsk /R
    | >> to fix the corrupt file.
    | >
    | >I'm glad that you got the system up.
    | >
    | >Please note that it is very unlikely that chkdsk actually fixed a
    | >corrupt file (short of finding linking errors) as it only works on file
    | >systems, not the contents of files.
    | >
    | >Also, considering that you had enough file system corruption to keep
    | >your system from booting, I would strongly suggest that you run a 5
    | >stage chkdsk with the following command:
    | >
    | > chkdsk c: /f /r /x
    | >
    | >/f = Fix errors on the disk.
    | >/r = Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.
    | >/x = Force the volume to dismount first if necessary.
    | >
    | >
    | >
    | >Grant. . . .
    | >


  13. #13
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    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEm

    How to fix Windows system32 config system is corrupt in Windows Server 2003

    Resolution:

    1. Insert your Windows Server 2003 CD and reboot from the CD drive

    [To boot from CD, go to BIOS Setup option on startup and select your CD/DVD drive as the first boot drive, save the present settings and exit]

    Your computer will reboot & will boot from Windows Server 2003

    2. Press ‘R’ when offered the option of using the Windows Recovery Console

    Recovery Console will prompt at the command prompt type the following:

    C:\WINDOWS >cd system32\

    this changes the current directory to C:\Windows\System32

    ren config configold

    This renames the config folder to configold

    mkdir config

    this makes a new directory called config

    cd config

    changes the current directory to c:\Windows\System32\Config

    then type the following lines pressing enter after each one

    copy c:\windows\repair\system

    copy c:\windows\repair\software

    copy c:\windows\repair\sam

    copy c:\windows\repair\security

    copy c:windows\repair\default

    after each line it should say:

    1 file copied

    type: exit

    Now Server will reboot

    [To boot from Hard Drive, go to BIOS Setup option on startup and select your Hard drive as the first boot drive, save the present settings and exit]
    Last edited by techgyaan; 06-02-2010 at 04:26 PM.

  14. #14
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    Re: following file is missing or corrupt WINDOWS/SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEm

    Hi Guys,

    I have a DELL inspiron mini netbook. I was using Kaspersky antivirus on it. lately i uninstalled kaspersky.. after that it asked me to reboot the system and wen i did that i got this error

    Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

    I had to take back up from my system so i made slax bootable usb.. but when i tried restarting again ...the windows was running normally..now then again after 2 days i got the same error again..

    Since netbooks don't have CD/DVD drive..can u tell wat must be wrong here.
    :crybaby:

    please reply..

    thanks
    bimal

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