Error : missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM, while trying to boot into Windows XP

Original Title : system32 corrupted

My windows system32 corrupted,only option boot from disk in r console

Receive error:
missing or corrupt \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

When copying files over from the install disk receive error

at this portion:
"copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak"

the recovery console repeatedly gives a "The file could not be copied" message.

For both system and software; sam, security and default copied fine.

"The volume in drive C has no label
The volume Serial Number is 88f1-fb05

Directory of c:\windows\repair\:

07/26/07 04:08a d-------           0 .
07/26/07 04:08a d-------           0 ..
08/10/04 11:00a -a------        1688 autoexec.nt
07/26/07 04:07a -a------        2577 config.nt
07/26/07 04:11a -a------      233472 default
07/26/07 04:07a -a-h----     233472 ntuser.dat
07/26/07 04:11a -a-----         24576 sam
07/26/07 04:08a -a-----        83448 secsetup.inf
07/26/07 04:11a -a-----        32768 security
07/26/07 04:05a -a-----        228173 setup.log
07/26/07 04:11a -a-----        10571776 software
07/26/07 04:11a -a-----       1552348 system
                       12 file(s) 13715034 bytes
                       25388974080 bytes free"

Unable to proceed further.

Any information on how to revive my laptop would be greatly appreciated.


run  chkdsk c: /r    from Recovery Console, it will be 1 to 2 hours, when finished if it found errors, run again until no errors are found.

then restart.

If this does not solve issue, then post back with more info please,

make and model of pc

current antivirus

OS and service pack

Exact error message

Dell Dimension 3000, Firefox, WinXP Pro/Sp3, 360 TSE by Qiho, MBAM

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Last updated January 10, 2020 Views 4,232 Applies to: