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Corrupted c:\windows\system32\config\system

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    I've just repair a computer that have the c:\windows\system32\config\system file corrupted. It is not the first time that I saw that file get corrupted on XP. Any idea on the cause of the corruption ?

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    No idea, but the "system" file in your CONFIG dir is your HKLM\SYSTEM registry hive, so unless you've got a backup (try "Last usable configuration that worked" on the F8 boot menu) then your system is hosed.

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    The "Last usable configuration" didn't work. So, I have used the repair console and copy the c:\windows\repair\system file. But I'm curious to know why that file get corrupted.

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    Bad disk would be my first guess, or bad RAM.  Run chkdsk, then run MemTest86 if you're really intent on finding out what happened.

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    I am facing the problem very often especially at one specific location...

    As mentioned in the previous post.. I also suspected the hardware and now we have changed the complete hardware (infact did it quite a few times).

    The same hardware is running in my office perfectly fine. I have put the machine on the raw power and left it running for few days. It works even when the machine is abnormally switch off (due to power loss) multiple time in a day.

    Where as when the same machine with same configuration is running in the field it carshes very offten with the error messages similar to "C:\Windows\System32\Config\System is missing or corrupt".

    At times I am able to recover the disk from the crash.

    I am basically looking for the answer that why does this machine crashes, where as we do abnormal swtich off (without proper shutdown) of the PCs in office / home, they don't crash. They why this machine.

    The configuration of the machine is

    Intel Borad with 1GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB InnoDisk Disk On Module (HDD), multiple serial ports.

    Any answer / tips are welcomed.


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    Rajesh.Thareja wrote:
    4 GB InnoDisk Disk On Module (HDD)

    I suspect you need to assist the wear-leveling capabilites of this device. [Read what Microsoft says about using Flash drives with XP Embedded]. Do a search on the page for "wear leveling", and then read the start of the topic, etc.

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