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Resolve “The system registry does not appear...”

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Booting of any Windows XP system can stop due to various reasons like system file(s) corruption, registry corruption, MBR (Master Boot Record) damage,  MFT (Master File Table) damage, and file system corruption. While the cause for halting boot process could be any of the above, the result in most cases is the same – inaccessibility of data saved in the hard drive.

A perfect alternative for surmounting any Windows XP booting issue is by performing a clean reinstall and restoring data from a valid backup. But, with case studies proving that most computer users fail to maintain an up-to-date backup, it becomes necessary for them to opt for a commercial windows data recovery application to perform recovery.

For deep analyses of the above scenario, look at the below error message that appears when you try to start your Windows XP system:

“Windows cannot start because the following file is missing or
corrupt: \Windows\system32\config\system. You can attempt to repair this
file by starting windows setup using the original cd-rom. Select R for

However, when you perform Windows XP repair, you encounter another error message:

“The system registry does not appear to have an active ControlSet key. The system registry may be
damaged. If your system is currently not starting correctly, you can try restarting it with the Last Known Good configuration or you can try repairing the installation with the setup program's repair & recovery options.”

After the above error message appears, the system stops booting, rendering to inaccessibility of all hard drive data.


As stated in the error message, the registry is corrupt. Corruption in Windows registry can occur due to improper system shutdown, virus infection, and application malfunction.


To overcome registry corruption, perform a fresh reinstall of Windows XP operating system. This process will install new entries in Windows Registry. However, re-installing also erases all your formerly saved files. To recover those files, you will need to use a third-party Windows Recovery Software. Such Windows Data Recovery tools use effective recovery techniques to perform comprehensive recovery of all lost files post re-installation.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software a safe, yet powerful Windows Data Recovery tool that recovers all lost files post formatting. The recovery tool supports NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and VFAT file systems and comes with a detailed user-documentation. The user-friendly tool can be installed on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.


The Author is a B-tech  and doing research on data recovery software to recover windows files and also analyses how to perform windows 7 recovery.

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