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Andy92

New Member
All of the sudden my ASUS laptop got me in a vicious infinite cycle of automatic repairs for the whole day. After meddling with command prompt I got it fixed at last. But I got stumbled into this kind of message:
RECOVERY
Your PC needs to be repaired
The operating system couldn't be loaded because the system registry file is missing or contrains errors.
File:\Windows\System32\config\system
Error codes: 0xc00000e9

I tried every other recovery options available in the screen but nothing happened!
Refresh option got into a nameless 'problem' and couldn't execute. Reset was unsuccessful. System restore was also failed because of the little space (around 15Mb lol) left in my C drive since the system hard drive's a SSD. Startup repair was a waste of time. And I don't have an external system repair drive right now. :sarc:

If anyone knows how to fis this, preferably in command prompt since right now it's the only viable option as far as I know, please share with me! I'm in the middle of a deadline crisis and my laptop plays this on me!! Thanks in advance! You guys are my saviors!! :thumb:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1

jds63

New Member
Pro User
Welcome to eight forums !!

Have you tried to do a System File Checker at Admin Command Prompt ? sfc /scannow

Then follow with a DISM in same command prompt dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Copy and paste from here make sure put in right.

Run SFC again plus Dism.
Chances if hardware like drives (SSD) are o.k. may need to do a fresh install if above does not help. Low space left on SSD not ideal.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1502 (GX1502)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 5820K 3.30 GHZ 64 bit 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3
    Memory
    G.Skill 16GB Quad Channel DDR4-2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ DDR5 4GB
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PA24Q 24" Pro Art IPS LCD/LED Backlit 1920x1200
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 16:10
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    WD WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 Internal HDD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular
    Case
    AZZA Cosmas Black Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo Dual 120mm, ( 2) Noctua PWM 120mm Case Fans (1) Gelid PWM 120mm Blue LED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800 Illumiated Wireless Keyboard
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    Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
    Internet Speed
    84mbps /94mbps
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    Mozilla Firefox 41.0.1 / Microsoft Edge/ IE 11
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    Norton Security 2015
    Other Info
    Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x Blu-Ray Burner, LG 24x Dual Layer DVD Burner,
    StarTech Front Bay 22-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Multi Media Memory Card Reader,Logitech Z906 5.1 Speaker system

Andy92

New Member
I ran sfc but it responded that: There was a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again.
And I'm pretty sure no matter how many times I restart the damn thing will just be the same.

When I ran your command line I got this response:
Error: 50
DISM does not support servicing Windows PE with the /online option
The DISM log file can be found at X:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

And when I removed the /Online option I got another error response:
Error: 87
The cleanup-image (or restorehealth) option is unknown.
For more information, refer to the help by running DISM.exe /?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1

jds63

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1502 (GX1502)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 5820K 3.30 GHZ 64 bit 6-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3
    Memory
    G.Skill 16GB Quad Channel DDR4-2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ DDR5 4GB
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 5.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PA24Q 24" Pro Art IPS LCD/LED Backlit 1920x1200
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200 16:10
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD,
    WD WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 Internal HDD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular
    Case
    AZZA Cosmas Black Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo Dual 120mm, ( 2) Noctua PWM 120mm Case Fans (1) Gelid PWM 120mm Blue LED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800 Illumiated Wireless Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
    Internet Speed
    84mbps /94mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox 41.0.1 / Microsoft Edge/ IE 11
    Antivirus
    Norton Security 2015
    Other Info
    Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x Blu-Ray Burner, LG 24x Dual Layer DVD Burner,
    StarTech Front Bay 22-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Multi Media Memory Card Reader,Logitech Z906 5.1 Speaker system

Anshad Edavana

New Member
Power User
Hi

System32\Config\System is a registry hive file which can't be fixed by running SFC or DISM. Usually there will be a backup copy of hive files which will be located on System32\Config\Regback folder. I would recommend to try restoring the hive files from that folder by following Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery - Windows 7 Help Forums. (ignore the title). The tutorial is for Win7 but the same procedure works with Win8.

Also you should free disk space before trying to repair if there is really only 15 MB is left. That might be the cause of Registry corruption. You can boot from a live Linux CD and move data to an external medium to save space.

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7

Andy92

New Member
Thank you for your solutions! Currently I'm downloading Mint Mate right now. I guess I have to rescue my documents first then I will try to fix the registry.

Since my SSD only has 25 Gbs I find it really hard to make any spare space. I have been putting the location of my AppData and Local folder to another drive since they take up too much space on my SSD. I have to constantly run disk cleanup and minimize the backups to maintain free space. I don't even have enough space to update my windows or do a clean computer refresh lol.

My laptop had one 25 Gb SSD and a 500 Gbs HDD the first time I bought it a year ago. I wonder if I can replace my SSD with a bigger one to at least run my windows freely without any hindrance.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1

topgundcp

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You don't really need mint mate which is around 2GB. All you need is to download: Slacko Puppy Linux release which is a small version of Linux (160MB) then use: Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way to put it in a USB to boot from. And while you in Linux, you can also copy the back up registry: from C:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack to C:\Windows\System32\config.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Brewed
    CPU
    I7 4970K OC'ed @4.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    MSI-Z97
    Memory
    16 GB G-Skill Trident X @2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual HP-W2408
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    256 GB M2 sm951, (2) 500GB 850EVO, 5TB, 2 TB Seagate
    PSU
    Antec 850W
    Case
    Antec 1200
    Cooling
    Danger Den H20
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance Mouse MX
    Internet Speed
    35/12mbps
    Browser
    Firefox

Anshad Edavana

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Power User
Although Puppy is small, i personally found it not working on all systems when compared to Mint. Also Puppy is not "SecureBoot" compatible but Mint is fully compatible. Since Mint includes proprietary hardware drivers, it has better chance to boot on wide range of Laptops ( i have seen latest version of Ubuntu which only include open source drivers failed to initialize X server on laptops with switchable graphics ).Those are the reasons i prefer Mint over Puppy.

Btw, "Paragon" has a free rescue kit which is based on WinPE so offers better hardware compatibility than any live Linux distro can.

https://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-free/keyscenarios.html

I almost forgot about it. Otherwise i would have suggested it in the first place.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7

Andy92

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I tried to run Rufus with the Linux ISO to my USB drive but ran into this error. Anyone knows how to fix this?
Error: ISO extraction failure

This is the log file:
Formatting (FAT32)...
Using cluster size: 4096 bytes
Quick format was selected
Creating file system...
Format completed.
Writing master boot record...
Drive has a Zeroed Master Boot Record
Set bootable USB partition as 0x80
Using Syslinux MBR
Found volume GUID \\?\Volume{ade69eb7-ebdf-11e4-a5d9-b8ac6f6abb6f}\
Installing Syslinux 4.05...
Successfully wrote 'ldlinux.sys'
Opened drive \\?\Volume{ade69eb7-ebdf-11e4-a5d9-b8ac6f6abb6f} for write access
Successfully wrote Syslinux boot record
Successfully remounted Volume{ade69eb7-ebdf-11e4-a5d9-b8ac6f6abb6f}\ on I:\
Copying ISO files...
Extracting files...
libcdio: Found Extension: Joliet Level 3
Disc image is an ISO9660 image
This image will be extracted using Joliet extensions (if present)
Extracting: I:\.disk\base_installable (0 bytes)
Extracting: I:\.disk\casper-uuid-generic (37 bytes)
Error reading ISO9660 file /.disk/casper-uuid-generic at LSN 648686
Created: I:\syslinux.cfg


Found USB 2.0 device 'USB 2.0 Flash Drive USB Device' (058F:6387)
Found USB 2.0 device 'WD My Passport 07A8 USB Device' (1058:07A8)
Device eliminated because it was detected as an USB Hard Drive (score 23 > 0)
If this device is not an USB Hard Drive, please e-mail the author of this application
NOTE: You can enable the listing of USB Hard Drives in 'Advanced Options' (after clicking the white triangle)
1 device found
Disk type: Removable, Sector Size: 512 bytes
Cylinders: 489, TracksPerCylinder: 255, SectorsPerTrack: 63
Partition type: MBR, NB Partitions: 1
Disk ID: 0x02818B99
Drive has a Syslinux Master Boot Record
Partition 1:
Type: FAT32 LBA (0x0c)
Size: 3.8 GB (4028628992 bytes)
Start Sector: 2048, Boot: Yes, Recognized: Yes
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1

topgundcp

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Brewed
    CPU
    I7 4970K OC'ed @4.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    MSI-Z97
    Memory
    16 GB G-Skill Trident X @2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual HP-W2408
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    256 GB M2 sm951, (2) 500GB 850EVO, 5TB, 2 TB Seagate
    PSU
    Antec 850W
    Case
    Antec 1200
    Cooling
    Danger Den H20
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance Mouse MX
    Internet Speed
    35/12mbps
    Browser
    Firefox

Andy92

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Well thanks to your Universal USB installer and Linux MINT I managed to pull my data out! Then I followed the Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery - Windows 7 Help Forums to recover the registry. Everything went well so far but when I entered the command cd \windows\system32\config I got the response The system cannot find the path specified.

Anyway I'm think that I have to format both my SSD and HDD and do a clean windows installation in the worst scenario. Since I have acquired all my data I guess saving or killing the windows has no difference now.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1

topgundcp

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You need to type: cd C:\windows\system32\config

EDIT:
Also from Admin command prompt, run these 2 commands to make sure there's no corrupted system files:
  1. dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  2. sfc /scannow
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Brewed
    CPU
    I7 4970K OC'ed @4.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    MSI-Z97
    Memory
    16 GB G-Skill Trident X @2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual HP-W2408
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    256 GB M2 sm951, (2) 500GB 850EVO, 5TB, 2 TB Seagate
    PSU
    Antec 850W
    Case
    Antec 1200
    Cooling
    Danger Den H20
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance Mouse MX
    Internet Speed
    35/12mbps
    Browser
    Firefox

Andy92

New Member
I have tried dism and sfc commands and did not work. Since now my laptop takes forever like 20 minutes to boot up just a advanced troubleshoot menu, I guess I have to do a clean window installation then.

Thank you for your advices!! Should this post be marked as solved?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1

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