Blue Screen of Death C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt.
If you have turned your PC on and received this message the problem can be solved with the following steps. However, before beginning, it is very important to note that the cause of the problem may be the hard drive itself. As with any type of do it yourself recovery this could cause permanent unrecoverable damage to the hard drive and or the data that exist on the hard drive. Like most hard drive recovery processes, physical disk repair isn’t necessary if the hard drive is seen by the BIOS. If your hard drive is recognized by the BIOS, but you get the blue screen of death these steps will help you restore Windows. Be careful and backup if you can! That said, lets continue.
If you have your hard drive manufacturers diagnostic tools, please read the documentation carefully and test the drive to make sure it is functioning properly. If you do not have the manufacturers diagnostic tools you can go to their respective websites to download them. It is important to read the documentation as these tools may perform data destructive tests and procedures to your hard drive. It is also a good idea to try and recover some of the data by making your boot drive a slave drive under another Windows system for hard drive recovery. Please see our previous post “How to slave a hard drive“. Ok, lets proceed with the restoration and hard drive recovery.
Time for the XP Recovery Console.
You are going to need to get your XP Installation Disk.
You will also need to make sure you can boot from your XP installation Disk. Insert you installation disk in your cd/dvd drive and make sure you see the option press any key to boot from cd: If so, do so and you’re good to go. If you do not see that option you will need to enter your system setup (BIOS) and change the boot order. When your computer boots you should see press delete, F10 or some key function to enter your systems setup. You will usually find the boot order under advanced settings once you are in the setup console. Simply select boot order and choose CD as your first boot device. You may change the boot order back to the original settings after this exercise in hard drive recovery.
When you boot to your Install CD it will take a minute to load all the drivers, then it will provide two options-Setup or Recovery Console; “press r” for the recovery console. It will than ask you which Windows install you want to repair, most users will only have one so just input 1 and press enter. You should now have entered the recovery console of your Windows XP CD.
What you are about to do is basically a minor System Restore via the Recovery Console. We are going to use an older version of the currently curr The text in red will be what you should type and the black text will what the system outputs. READY, SET, GO.
After you enter the DIR command and hit enter you will get a list of folders like rp1, rp2, rp3, rp4, etc.. The “rp” part of the folder name indicates it’s a Restore Point.
What we want to do is use the 2nd or 3rdhighest numbered folder in that list. For example, if it listed rp1 through rp53 you’ll want the rp52 folder. We will use rp52 to outline the rest of the procedure.
Now, we will use the following commands..
C:\system~1\_resto~1\rp52\snapshot>copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
Overwrite system [y,n]: y
1 file copied
Remove the installation disk .
Those are the steps to restore Windows after getting The Blue Screen Of Death. If you need help give us a call at 866-418-3843 or visit hard drive recovery.