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what causes \windows\system32\config\system to go corrupt?
My PC would not start and I kept getting this error that windows could not start because \windows\system32\config\system may be corrupt or missing.
I installed the CD and went to repair, typed in "chkdsk" and the results came back that there were bad sectors. Then I restarted the PC, now I can get into it so I went to system restore and restored back a week. Seems to be fine now, but was wondering if this was some kind of virus or worm? i use Avast Anti Virus, Spywareguard, and spywareblaster. My firewall is the windows firewall and auto updates are set to auto. I use a Lynksys wireless router and found some outsider using my signal, so I set it with a password.
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Par for the course in my experience.
Based on reading your post it appears you do not need this, but others who find this thread via search may find this helpful:
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
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This is the one I used in part to recover with. I just did not know rather or not it may had been a hacker or something. After all was said and done I defraged the disk too. Much lost space there, now it tighter
if it continues, it might be time to replace the hard disk. i run my anti-virus once a week (at the least). AVG has a pretty decent free version. you should also have a firewall installed. the windows firewall only prevents incoming (or out going... it's been awhile since i used it). zone alarm is a great one and is also free. remember to properly uninstall your programs when you want to get rid of them. there are so many reasons why this could happen, but i hope this helps.
Hard Drives can have bad sectors develop over a period of time. I just had to format and reinstall windows XP on my older PC, due to some sectors that contained operating system files that went bad. I tried to do a system repair, and the bad sectors prevented it, then I tried to install a second copy of the system, and it also failed. Reformatting the Hard Drive allowed me to reinstall the system. Formatting the HD maps out the bad sectors so that the sector map and file management system doesn't allow attempts to put data in bad sectors.
It seems that every couple of years I have to replace a Hard Drive unit that goes bad; sometimes it is the motor bearings that go bad - you can usually hear them going bad for quite a time before the system completely crashes.
While it could certainly be the registry, as pointed out, my bet is the hard drive is starting to give you warning signs. I routinely replace hard drives that are more than 3 years old since I have had a couple of losses due to them. To make sure I don't lose much, if anything, I also have an external 500gb USB drive that I use to back everything up every couple of weeks. Normally I don't even turn it on except for backups. I have too much to lose these days....
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Bad sectors are a physical defect, not the result of malicious software. It sounds like your hard drive may be giving up the ghost.
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everytime that i have had issues similiar to yours (or when helping others with their computers) the hard dirve ended up failing, just like yours. i am however very surprised that the drives are neading to be replaced every couple of years... unless you're buying your computers from dell, it's a regular occurance with them. i run WD raptors and have no problems except for one that was DOA.
Like the others are saying...sounds like the hard drive is going out.
If it starts giving you more problems, look into a program called SpinRite from
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