Windows file is missing or corrupt

My computer won’t start and it says – the Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system”. I have a ThinkPad T60 computer and I am currently studying abroad in a different country away from home and I do not have the original CD for Windows…Is there any way I can get this fixed or solve it without the CD? Please write back if you can, it’d be much appreciated!

Usually on ThinkPad laptops you can repair or reinstall window from the hidden recovery partition. Turn on the laptop and press on the blue Access IBM button to activate the recovery wizard. Press on the button as soon as Lenovo (IBM) logo appears on the screen. You’ll see a few different options in the recovery menu. First, try repairing Windows. If it doesn’t help, reimage the hard drive back to factory defaults.

25 Responses

  1. I started my computer and the following message came up: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM I understand that a reboot disk can fix it but I do not have one. Is there a way I can download it or are there any other options I can take?

  2. Laptop Freak

    Paul,
    I think you can attempt to repair Windows but again, you’ll need at least the installation CD.

  3. If you are using Vista, there’s so called Recovery Disk that allows you to boot your computer with the most basic features to fix some errors in your OS.

  4. Ciaran

    I have windows xp and i have the same problem without any disks is there any way i could fix my computer if u do please mail me at ciaran95 AT hotmail.co.uk

  5. J Poole

    I have a Toshiba Satellite A55 Laptop. Whenever I go to boot it up it starts off at the screen where you select Normal or safe mode. Whichever mode I select It goes on to the Windows XP loading screen, and then completely restarts. Before this problem it also froze every time windows loaded. I just re-installed the operating system (windows xp) and I was wondering if buying a new hard drive would fix the problem.

  6. Colin

    What would cause my laptop, and my desk top, to produce the message windows root>/system 32/intoskrnl.exe? The screen says that windows is missing or corrupt but it was working just fine.

  7. Chelsea

    My Satellite L35 has been doing something similar with one of the drivers, and it also started happening with my Acer. I have the recovery DVD for my Satellite, but I really don’t want to clear my C drive. There are things saved on there that I can never get back. Pictures, documents, programs, etc. that cannot be recovered. My Acer is only a few months old so I didn’t have a lot on there when I used the Erecovery (love this feature). My sister has had a similar problem with her Satellite and she’s told me there is a way to recover the system without erasing the C drive. How can I do it?

  8. I have an acer laptop and I have no idea how to fix this problem everytime i turn it on it goes to this same stupid screen…”Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file. If anyone has any advice for fixing this problem that doesnt include using the cd it came with because I no longer have that than please email me at alikat92@yahoo.com thanx!

  9. Hi, I have a Toshiba R15 with Windows XP. It doesn’t boot, it says that \system32\hal.dll is missing. I have a recovery disc, but nothing happens when I put in. Is there something special I should do?

  10. Laptop Freak

    Mariam,

    I have a Toshiba R15 with Windows XP. It doesn’t boot, it says that \system32\hal.dll is missing. I have a recovery disc, but nothing happens when I put in. Is there something special I should do?

    You understand that running the recovery disc will erase everything from the hard drive, right?

    1. Insert the recovery disc into the optical drive.
    2. Restart laptop and when you see Toshiba logo on the screen press F12. This will take you to the boot device menu.
    3. Select CD/DVD drive from the boot menu and press enter.
    4. The laptop will start booting from the recovery disc.
    5. Follow instructions on the screen.

  11. after i hit f-12 it went thru all of the promts then it came up with the same error again would a scratch on my cd recovery disk do that??????????????

  12. Frank Barrera

    I also have a similar problem; when I turn on my desktop computer I get a message that reads: could not start file missing or corrupt, Windows root>1system 32\hal.d11, reinstall a copy. I don’t have a copy I don’t even know what that windows root…..stuff means. Can you please help?

  13. I have a laptop and when I turn it on it says that a file is missing or corrupt….. I do not have the disc the computer it came with…… I would just like a way to be able to use my computer….. Yeah…..

  14. Laptop Freak

    Lulu,

    I have a laptop and when I turn it on it says that a file is missing or corrupt….. I do not have the disc the computer it came with…… I would just like a way to be able to use my computer…..

    This could be memory related failure. It’s possible that one of the memory modules in your laptop is bad.
    Try removing memory modules one by one and test the laptop with each module separately. The laptop should start properly when the faulty module is removed.
    If you are getting same error with each memory module, I guess you’ll have to reinstall Windows.
    It’s possible that you can reinstall Windows from the hidden partition on the hard drive. You’ll have to read the user’s manual to find out if there is such an option.

    First, test your laptop with each memory module.

  15. Every time I try to start up my advent laptop it says windows file is missing. I have the disks and have tried to use the disks and reinstall windows and it seems to be working but when its all finished it says And error has occurred and the following changes could not be made. I want to be able to fix my computer without using the turn to factory settings as I have very important files that I wish to keep. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Timothy Nyongesa

    mY LAPTOP HAS REFUSED TO WORK, IT INTRUCTS ME THATinf TEXSETUP IS CORUPTED, WHAT DO i DO? AND IF i WANT TO START SELLING COMPS HERE CAN YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE TO SEND THEM TO US VIA PO BOX, EVEN USED ONES?

  17. i have a toshiba laptop all so and it says the same thing… i dont have the disck would any rec disk work or does it have to be originally?

  18. Sherri

    Is there any way to get recovery cds for my gateway. I can not locate the originals

  19. Penny hammett

    I have an HP Pavilon a 1547c My computer won’t start and it says – the Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system”. I do not have the original CD for Windows…Is there any way I can get this fixed or solve it without the CD? Please write back if you can, it’d be much appreciated! I am running windows xp

  20. I have an acer eseries laptop and I have no idea how to fix this problem everytime i turn on my laptop it shows this black screen…”Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file. If anyone knows how to fix this problem that doesnt include using the cd it came with because I no longer have that

  21. when i start up my acer it says that it can not start because a file is missing or corrupt
    \windows\system32\config\system
    You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom.
    Select ‘r’ at the first screen to start repair.
    Is there anyway i can fix this without a disc or where can i get a disc. Because i got this computer secondhand and don’t have a disc. Would really help alot.

  22. i have a toshiba and when i power it on it has a password and i cant not remember what it is i know its four numbers but i cant think of it is there away around this problem

  23. vimal rockzz

    It is a registry error dude…it is a common thing..Install regcure in “SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING” to get rid of such errors

  24. Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows/System/vgaoem.fon.
    You can attempt to repair this file by starting the Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select ‘r at the first screen to start repair.Windows Boot Genius from http://download.cnet.com/Windows-Boot-Genius/3000-2094_4-75827488.html to get me out of problem and login pc again!

  25. DaSouza

    I have an acer laptop and when I out it on it shows windows system 32 missing or unreadable what do I do guys pls help me thanks

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