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Windows XP Home Trouble - Corrupt files\Slow booting watch

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    Today while I was playing a PC game my computer just restarted without warning.

    While it took a considerable amount of time to boot up before it reaches the Windows XP loading screen, the following message appeared:

    Windows could not start because of following file is missing or corrupt
    \windows\system32\config\system


    Now I am assuming as it latter said that I could just repair the system using the XP disk (otherwise a reformat is no problem) however I would really like to know what was the cause of the problem and how if possible to prevent it happening again.

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    Over the last month of so sometimes my computer has been taking minutes to load instead of its usual 45 seconds and I am unsure of why. I have done several virus, spyware\adware scans with no viruses found, done defrags, scandisks everything I could think of and still ensure as to the problem. My brother has the same computer as mine and yet he has not experience the troubles I have been having.

    The last time I had a major crash I received the following error and it fix it I simply reformatted and reinstalled windows:

    Windows could not start because of following file is missing or corrupt
    \windows\system32\config\system


    Are these problems somehow connected was it something I have done or????

    Thanks in advanced to any help or suggestions you can offer

    Computer Specs

    Windows XP Home SP2
    P4 2.6
    512MB RAM
    160GB HDD

    *I have already done searches on google for the answer but would really like to know what's up with my computer so it won't happen again a month down the track.*

    Thanks to anyone that can offer assistance.
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    I would do a repair install of xp so that it works a bit first

    then run chkdsk c: /f

    try opening the case and check for dust - if u think there is too much dust then clean it out with a can of compressed air

    check your HD manufacturer's site for utilities that you can run at boot to check the HD
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    I would reformat. I always do when i get strange problems.
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    Determined it to be either cooling or Harddrive problems due to other errors. I will be getting Harddrive latter in the week so hopefully that will solve the problem and my computer will be back online (HDD & PC is 3 yrs old)!
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    Download the disk manufacturers diagnostic disk, that will tell you about any problems with it.
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    Already went through all diagnostics tests for my HDD it was one of the first things I tried.

    Anyway bought a new HDD needed it anyway and everything is working fine now as it should so it was a problem with the HDD. My old HDD has not gone to waste either as I am using it as a slave. Thanks everyone for your advice, problem solved, PC back up and running and I can now return to my gaming!
 
 
 
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