Are you facing problems while booting your Windows system? Are you getting any error messages as well? If yes, then you should check the text of the message to infer what the problem lies exactly. Then, you should try to address the issue according to the specific message. However, if that is not possible then you have few options left apart from reinstalling the operating system. But before that you should use a third-party file data recovery software to perform data recovery of the trapped data.
Let us consider a case in which your Windows 2000-based system is unable to boot. The following error message may be displayed in this case:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced"
Please note that the 'ced' letters at the end of the error message are not the part of the message. It could have happened that some text on the previous screen had the 'ced' letters and this message has overwritten the previous message.
There could be the following reasons for this erroneous situation:
The System hive in the registry is missing or damaged. A Promise Technology, Inc. ATA66 PCI controller card is installed in the computer. This issue typically occurs during the Windows 2000 installation process.
To resolve this problem, you should perform the following methods according to the specific problem:
Restore a Backup of the System Hive: You should restore the System hive using the Repair Console tool.
Reduce the Size of the System Hive: You should try to reduce the size of the System hive as there are lots of files in the system, which may be utilizing the system resources.
Remove the Promise Technology ATA66 PCI Controller: You should remove the controller card and check the BIOS settings to see if the IDE controller on the motherboard is enabled. Restart the system after that as it should run fine now.
If the problem is persisting, then you should look to reinstall the operating system after formatting the hard disks. However, that may make you lose the data. For this, you should use a third-party data recovery software to recover all the data from the inaccessible system. With interactive user interface and advanced scanning mechanisms, these data recovery utilities ensure that the data is not lost during the recovery.
Of all the data recovery tools, the most reliable one is Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, which recovers data from hard drives, memory cards, iPods, etc. With the ability to recover more than 185 different file types from various storage devices, this RAID data recovery software also recovers deleted emails from Outlook Express and MS Outlook.
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