having trouble starting

Andrea

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My computer was running just fine until I moved. Now, it
is having trouble starting. It goes through the booting
up process and when it tries to start Windows I get an
error message. The message is...
Windows 2000 could not start because the following file
is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced
starting up options for Windows 2000 press F8.

I have put in a CD copy of Windows 2000 and also a floppy
version, but the computer won't recognize either. I'm at
the point where I don't care if I have to reinstall
everything, I just need another computer to run.

I hope someone can help. You can email me directly at
princessladybug22@yahoo.com

Thanks.
 
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Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup_deployment (More info?)

If the system hive is corrupt, and assuming you already tried LKG, It may be
possible to rename the system hive found in
%windir%\system32\config\system
to system.old
then rename
%windir%\system32\config\system.alt
to
%windir%\system32\config\system

You can also try using the most recent backup found in
%windir%\repair\regback

If that fails you haven't much choice but to copy/ use the
original-as-installed system hive from
%windir%\repair\system
to
%windir%\system32\config\system
You'll need to reinstall the device drivers for any hardware added since the
original OS install.

To start the Recovery Console, start the computer from the Windows 2000
Setup CD or the Windows 2000 Setup floppy disks. If you do not have Setup
floppy disks and your computer cannot start from the Windows 2000 Setup CD,
use another Windows 2000-based computer to create the Setup floppy disks.
Press ENTER at the "Setup Notification" screen. Press R to repair a Windows
2000 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. 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: %systemroot% and %windir%


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Regards,

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


"Andrea" wrote:
| My computer was running just fine until I moved. Now, it
| is having trouble starting. It goes through the booting
| up process and when it tries to start Windows I get an
| error message. The message is...
| Windows 2000 could not start because the following file
| is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced
| starting up options for Windows 2000 press F8.
|
| I have put in a CD copy of Windows 2000 and also a floppy
| version, but the computer won't recognize either. I'm at
| the point where I don't care if I have to reinstall
| everything, I just need another computer to run.
|
| I hope someone can help. You can email me directly at
| princessladybug22@yahoo.com
|
| Thanks.