Van Hoffe Last week my computer crashed and I received the following message:
"Windows cannot be started because the following file has been damaged or cannot be found: \Windows\System 32\Config\System.
You can try to repair this file by starting up Windows Setup from the original cd-rom with installationfiles. Choose "R" in the first window to start the reparationprocedure"
(translated from Dutch).
However I do not possess that cd; Windows XP home was already installed when I bought the PC.
Win Rescue XP and XP Recovery CD Maker
Fortunately 4 months ago I bought these programs. Now I put the Recovery CD containing Bart's Preinstalled Environment (Bart PE) in my PC and only by restoring the registry the problem appeared to be solved.
The immediate reason I bought these programs was a Windows crash I had in april this year. This crash was exactly the same with the same error message. (what may be the cause ?)
As I could not solve the problem myself I had to ask the help of a consultant. He fixed the problem but I had to pay 272 euro. In addition I had to pay 77 euro for a new antivirus program. The former had gone lost after the crash.
Furthermore I had to install myself all my own applications.
So Ray you can imagine how happy I was with the result of your programs.
Yet I had a problem using Bart PE.
I could solve the problem by restoring to the registry (the spare registry?). However I could not find my backups (WinConfig, UserProfile and My Documents) placed on an external hard disk, usually with the letter M. I tried all letters (disks) but didn't find the backups. Happily I did not need them this time.
My question is: Does the combination WinRescue XP/Bart PE also work with an external harddisk? If so how can I find the backups. If not how to handle? Using CD's ?
Another Question: Can I put the Recovery CD in the PC, without risks of damaging something, just to orientate and get some exercise in using WinRescue/Bart PE ?
For your answer I thank you in anticipation.