windows system32 config system is missing or corrupt vista!

ok i got this message (windows system32 config system is missing or corrupt vista) when i start-up my computer and i dont have a setup disk or recovery disk? how do i fix this?

and i was wondering if i could upgrade to windows 7 even with this?


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Last updated November 19, 2018 Views 17,510 Applies to:


Upgrading has to be done from within a running Vista Operating System.

If you can not Boot into Wiondows:

Follow these steps to attempt to fix your Startup problems.


Restore Point:


Do System Restore in Safe Mode, if unable to do it in Normal Mode.


Try tapping F8 at startup, and from the list of startup selections, select Safe Mode by using UP Arrow Key to go there > then hit Enter.

Try a System Restore once there, to pick a Restore Point before your problem..

Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > pick a different time > Next > etc


Read the above for a very good Graphical display of how to go back more than 5 days in System Restore Points by ticking the correct Box.



If System Restore and/or Safe Mode does not work and you do not have a Microsoft Vista DVD, make a Bootable Repair Disk to do a Startup Repair:


 Download the ISO file at the supplied link, and make a Bootable Startup Repair Disk from it.


Go into your Bios/Setup, or Boot Menu, at startup, and change the Boot Order to make the DVD/CD drive 1st in the Boot Order, then reboot with the disk in the Drive.


At startup/power on you should see at the bottom of the screen either F2 or DELETE, to go into Bios/Setup, or F12 for the Boot Menu.


When you have changed that, insert that Bootable Disk you have made in the Drive, and reboot.


Above link shows what the process looks like, and a how-to, as it loads to the Repair Options.


Neosmart contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD's "recovery center," as we've come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it's damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows' users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own.


Read all info at the website about creating and using it:


ISO Burner:

It makes a very good Vista Startup Repair Disk.

You can do a Startup Repair, System Restore, etc from it.

It is NOT a reinstall disk.


And the 32bit is what comes normally on a computer, unless 64bits requested.



How to obtain Vista Recovery Media and/or use the Vista Recovery Partition on your Computer to put it back to Factory Settings.


There is no legal free Vista download available.

Contact your Computer Manufacturer and ask them to send you a set of Vista Recovery disk/s.


They normally do that for a small $ cost.




Also, ask them if you have a Recovery Partition on your Computer/Laptop to restore it to Factory settings.

See if a Manual came with the computer, or go to the Manufacturer's website, email or phone them for info on how to do a Recovery.


Normally, you would press F10 or F11 at Startup to commence the Recovery Process.. 

Another way I have seen on some models is to tap F8, and go to a list of Startup options, and start a Factory Standards Recovery from in there, by selecting the Repair computer option.


Mick Murphy - Microsoft Partner

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