Monday, July 8, 2013

\Windows\System32\config\system Status: 0xc000014c missing, or corrupt

On a Lenovo E520 running Windows 7 x64 user ran out of power and system crashed.  When it came back up the user was presented with:
File: \Windows\system32\config\system
Status: 0xc000014c
Info: Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.

I tried using the Lenovo recovery media without success.

I then plugged in a Dell recovery disc and just went into the Windows recovery cmd prompt.  At that point I found that the hard disk was mapped to the D drive.

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows

After it finished running I rebooted the computer and gave back to the user (after tucking away my handy Dell disc)

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