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How can I fix a bad system config info err

\015 Comes up with blue scrren and unable to get into safe mode or the basic prompt mode\015

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I seem to be a little late, as you've indicated you're going to re-install, but I just had this problem with a Dell Dimension machine. Microsoft says it's probably a RAM issue, but it wasn't in my case. The problem was that the system hive was corrupt. Using a BartPE disk I was able to log in and replace the system hive with one from a few days earlier.
\015\012For those who don't know how to do this, but do have access to another computer or a BartPE CD or a UBCD CD, here's the steps:
\015\012Once you are able to access the hard drive, using another system and slaving it, or by using a BartPE CD or UBCD, navigate to C:\\Windows\\System32\\config. Rename the SYSTEM file there to SYSTEM.old.
\015\012Next, navigate to the C:\\System Volume Information folder then to the _restore{blah, blah, bunch of numbers} folder. If there's more than one, use the Date Modified information to pick the most recent one. Next, pick an RPxxx folder, where xxx is a number, that is a couple of days older than when the error occurred (check the Date Modified of the folders), then open the snapshot folder. Copy the file _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM. Go back to the C:\\Windows\\System32\\Config folder and paste _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM into that folder. Now rename the _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM file to just SYSTEM (no extension).
\015\012Reboot the system normally - hopefully the error is gone.
You're going to need an XP cd, NOT a restore cd.

When / If you get one, let us know and we'll go from there.
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