I am definitely shaking my money-maker over here. I got my laptop up and running again without having to format it.
17 December – Start my computer and receive error “Windows\System32\Config\System file is either corrupted or cannot be found” and thus Windows will not load.
I just formatted this damn laptop, like three or four months ago (I think I mentioned it on the blog as well). I don’t want to do it again. I have over 3400+ songs in iTunes. The songs themselves are safe on an external drive, but do you know how long it would take to re-create all of my playlists!!??
No worries about my books. Those are backed up in two separate locations and kept on my mini, not my laptop.
I did some searching and found out this is a common error that MS knows about. The cause of which is the registry acting screwy. Due to a visiting Mommy and other wackiness, I wasn’t able to do anything about it until a few hours ago on 21 December (right in the middle of a lunar eclipse that I will run out and see as soon as I post this).
What should have been a quick, very little fuss fix became infinitely harder because the rat bastards at Toshiba don’t include a Windows XP disc with their laptops. Instead, they include some Toshiba files disc set onto which they have burned all the programs your Toshiba uses. It isn’t worth a damn and wouldn’t help me solve my problems since that disc set will not and cannot run Recovery Console.
Feeling my options were limited, I resigned myself to having to format my hard drive back to factory standard and go through no less than eight hours of software updates and restarts to get my computer functioning the way it was before it went screwy. Before all of that, I made a quick trip to Best Buy to buy a hard drive enclosure kit so I could remove my hard drive from my laptop, slave it out to my mini, and get my files and data.
A silver lining appeared before I followed through with the great erasure. Flash (Stephanie Burke) had a copy of Windows XP that I could use to run Recovery Console. Good old Dell, which is what she owns. Can’t go wrong with them.
So I borrowed her copy of XP, ran Recovery Console, followed the directions listed on the MS site, copied and deleted files, and got my computer running again.
No lost files, everything is running, and I promptly ran every single Norton cleaning utility I own to make sure it won’t happen again.
Now I’m off to stare at the lunar eclipse for a few minutes. I would gawk longer since this is a monumental event (last lunar eclipse that happened on the winter solstice was in the 1600’s), but it’s freezing outside.