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    system 32 problem how do i fix?

    hi, computer wont boot even in safe mode, gets to stage where find out its a system 32 problem and wont load further. its a vista system. any easy fix for a non pc person to do, or can i do a disc on laptop to repair problem? advise appreciated as always peops.

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    Banned

    just reinstall windows

    This should allow the pc to boot up but requires an element of tech saviness
    nu2.nu/peb…er/

    Firstly ignore the advice above about deleting the system32 folder as that will destroy the OS install completely.

    What is the exact error you're getting? Have you noticed any problems before it failed completely?

    John

    Nah serious brah. This guy above is misleading.

    And don't know who deleted other comment.

    Delete system 32.

    Banned

    amfan

    Nah serious brah. This guy above is misleading.And don't know who deleted … Nah serious brah. This guy above is misleading.And don't know who deleted other comment.Delete system 32.



    And then what ?

    reboot.

    then install Ubuntu

    http://www.pieimprov.com/Assets/minorinfraction/revised_minor_infraction.jpg

    Banned

    amfan

    reboot.



    OP Ignore ^^

    amfan

    Nah serious brah. This guy above is misleading.And don't know who deleted … Nah serious brah. This guy above is misleading.And don't know who deleted other comment.Delete system 32.



    Lol, even if this was a viable fix ( which it ain't ) , the op stated that they were a non pc person, so how do u expect them to accomplish this task exactly?

    Original Poster

    aha see am a little confused now, get as far as a screen for going into bios/safe mode then when select safe mode wont go beyond. if go into bios means i could do more damage than good. havent got the original windows disc anymore to reboot,

    jayjayuk1234

    Lol, even if this was a viable fix ( which it ain't ) , the op stated … Lol, even if this was a viable fix ( which it ain't ) , the op stated that they were a non pc person, so how do u expect them to accomplish this task exactly?



    can offer instructions to op if needed.

    What make and model is the laptop? The problem is likely to be difficult to fix without a Vista install disc as it sounds like a file essential to Windows is corrupted which to fix, it needs to be replaced. Most laptops come without OS install discs these days and instead put an OS image on the hard drive which you can then use to restore the laptop back to the out of the box state but that's no good here as they tend to wipe your data.

    John

    Original Poster

    hi its a self build desktop, running vista atm.

    Johnmcl7

    What make and model is the laptop? The problem is likely to be difficult … What make and model is the laptop? The problem is likely to be difficult to fix without a Vista install disc as it sounds like a file essential to Windows is corrupted which to fix, it needs to be replaced. Most laptops come without OS install discs these days and instead put an OS image on the hard drive which you can then use to restore the laptop back to the out of the box state but that's no good here as they tend to wipe your data.John


    Original Poster

    dont want to lose my data, esp photos.

    Post up exactly what the error says.

    128plant

    hi its a self build desktop, running vista atm.



    Sorry, I misunderstood the part about the laptop/disc. I'd focus on getting the data backed up first before trying to repair to ensure that's safe, as above do you have an external hard drive? One option is to boot the desktop PC using a Live CD (such as recommended above) which is a working OS contained within a CD and allows you to boot a PC when the OS on the hard drive isn't working. This would then allow you to connect an external drive and copy your data across.

    The other alternative is to buy a SATA to USB adapter (or caddy) to connect the desktop's hard drive to the laptop to allow you to back up your data to the laptop then check over the state of the hard drive for repairing the install as there's a chance the hard drive is on its way out but this is less likely for a desktop machine.

    John

    Original Poster

    hi the problem started only when the pc kept taking home page to msn, that was the only fault before i tried to run this morning, goes straight to screen offering safe mode, which it wont boot or into bios which i dont have the skills to plot my way around safely

    havent got hard drive to use atm and my last one was corrupted so binned it. not something i would normally need either. mind you the idea of sacrificing laptop with my skills doesnt appeal either.

    gosh it is a puzzle.

    Original Poster

    think getting a cheap hard drive might be the answer as dont have much on my hard drive except a couple hundred pics and few docs, so wouldnt need much

    128plant

    hi the problem started only when the pc kept taking home page to msn, … hi the problem started only when the pc kept taking home page to msn, that was the only fault before i tried to run this morning, goes straight to screen offering safe mode, which it wont boot or into bios which i dont have the skills to plot my way around safelyhavent got hard drive to use atm and my last one was corrupted so binned it. not something i would normally need either. mind you the idea of sacrificing laptop with my skills doesnt appeal either. gosh it is a puzzle.



    You wouldn't be sacrificing the laptop as the desktop hard drive would be connected over USB and would simply appear as an extra drive. From there you could copy the data to the laptop drive and then check the drive for any errors or malware. It's a bit easier than using a Live CD as you'll be using your laptop as normal but I'd recommend an external hard drive anyway regardless of your system32 issue just to make sure you keep your data protected.

    John


    Edited by: "Johnmcl7" 8th May 2011

    Original Poster

    thx am not sure its just going to be a system 32 problem even though have kept it well checked for virus and malware but getting into it be a start without making it worse.
    have had a suggestion to upgrade to window 7 with disc and do a cd crack/repair after that, as upgrade would file my important stuff. maybe this would be the answer?

    Edited by: "128plant" 8th May 2011

    OP I would say this is a hard drive problem & nothing more.

    128plant

    thx am not sure its just going to be a system 32 problem even though have … thx am not sure its just going to be a system 32 problem even though have kept it well checked for virus and malware but getting into it be a start without making it worse. have had a suggestion to upgrade to window 7 with disc and do a cd crack/repair after that, as upgrade would file my important stuff. maybe this would be the answer?



    It depends on the state of the hard drive, you can either install Windows 7 or Vista on top of your existing install which in normal circumstances wouldn't lose your data. However if the drive is failing then going through a full Windows install could just cause further problems or in the worst case the drive could fail entirely before giving you a chance to get your data off. Personally I always back up data off a drive before attempting any corrective action to ensure the data is safe as that's by far the most valuable part.

    John

    do you know what version of vista it was running and do you know you cd key?

    Original Poster

    havent a clue of the cd key at all, didnt expect to need it. i know its really bad not to have kept this stuff written down somewhere

    aha think need drive if can get into it in bios to get it to store on another drive first. i think the drive is probably ok, never put it under much pressure.

    never mind i was going to lend you my vista if it would of helped

    Original Poster

    what a kind thought, thanks for that.

    nightstud

    never mind i was going to lend you my vista if it would of helped


    Original Poster

    what is the life span of a hard drive normally folks?

    Original Poster

    aha do you think its dying then? i know 1tb is cheap enough these days but then replacing that means i have no os again and have to reinvest in that as havent a cd key.
    its been one of those weeks my car packed in and have this rental one that goes round corners more like a ship than a car lol.

    WheresMeNuts

    OP I would say this is a hard drive problem & nothing more.


    Banned

    I dont think your hard drive is failing, its a simple matter of a corrupt OS. Back up your data and re install windows.

    Original Poster

    so its either a hard drive or os system that basically covers the whole pc. glad have a great graphics card!!!!

    OP you can't do anything unless you have a Windows disc.If you get hold of a Windows disc & it's not letting you go to BIOS then it's a HDD problem.

    Original Poster

    gosh thanks now i understand that. so next step an os disc.

    WheresMeNuts

    OP you can't do anything unless you have a Windows disc.If you get hold … OP you can't do anything unless you have a Windows disc.If you get hold of a Windows disc & it's not letting you go to BIOS then it's a HDD problem.


    128plant

    aha do you think its dying then? i know 1tb is cheap enough these days … aha do you think its dying then? i know 1tb is cheap enough these days but then replacing that means i have no os again and have to reinvest in that as havent a cd key. its been one of those weeks my car packed in and have this rental one that goes round corners more like a ship than a car lol.



    I wouldn't say it's definitely the hard drive, this error may have been caused by a hard drive error or it could just be some unrelated software corruption. The only way to find out is to test the drive and see if it's showing errors and whether they can be repaired. New disk or not, you're without an OS anyway as to get your current drive working it's likely to need the OS reinstalled.

    John

    Original Poster

    well indeed, john, think you might be right atm, seem to have sourced an os, so thats a start, then can follow the great advice, trace the fault and pray it doesnt explode in a heap, lol.

    gonna take day or two to get the os in so thanks in the meantime folks for all your great help.

    If you have an OS disk: (you say you do)
    Check BIOS settings to make sure that 1st boot device is CD.
    Boot PC (from CD)
    You should be able to load up the recovery console
    once there, at the DOS prompt type in CHKDSK C: /r

    that will perform a scan on the main drive (presuming the main drive is C) and will [try to] repair any errors it finds.

    I'm going through this issue with my parents PC at the moment, the CHKDSK failed at 31% so I am guessing the HDD has failed. I've a new SATA 1Gb drive en-route which I will install windows on to before trying to access the old drive to see if I can recover any data.

    Original Poster

    yep have os coming in post, and now i know what to do with it so thats a good start, thx. will go through as you say. now need to locate an external drive to keep as back up to save future problems, but not sure whats the best deal as not going to need to store that much usually.

    if anybody spots any deals do post up pleaase.

    BurntEffigy

    If you have an OS disk: (you say you do)Check BIOS settings to make sure … If you have an OS disk: (you say you do)Check BIOS settings to make sure that 1st boot device is CD.Boot PC (from CD)You should be able to load up the recovery consoleonce there, at the DOS prompt type in CHKDSK C: /rthat will perform a scan on the main drive (presuming the main drive is C) and will [try to] repair any errors it finds.I'm going through this issue with my parents PC at the moment, the CHKDSK failed at 31% so I am guessing the HDD has failed. I've a new SATA 1Gb drive en-route which I will install windows on to before trying to access the old drive to see if I can recover any data.


    BurntEffigy

    If you have an OS disk: (you say you do)Check BIOS settings to make sure … If you have an OS disk: (you say you do)Check BIOS settings to make sure that 1st boot device is CD.Boot PC (from CD)You should be able to load up the recovery consoleonce there, at the DOS prompt type in CHKDSK C: /rthat will perform a scan on the main drive (presuming the main drive is C) and will [try to] repair any errors it finds.



    Recovery Console is no more as of Vista/Windows 7 although there should be a command line option now which will use the same chkdsk switches as normal ( the recovery console version didn't which was odd):

    windows.microsoft.com/en-…sta

    I do of course agree with the advice as it can save a lot of time later if it turns out the drive is failing.

    John

    make sure OS disc is same as your pc, eg both 32 bit
    how did you install windows in the first place, you would have needed a disc..
    or maybe a disc that says dell on it (if you boguth it from dell etc.)

    Edited by: "nebno6" 11th May 2011

    Original Poster

    hi came with os preinstalled as bought in from guy who built it, so hence dont have disc.
    will check on 32bit but havent anything with 64 atm thankfully.

    nebno6

    make sure OS disc is same as your pc, eg both 32 bithow did you install … make sure OS disc is same as your pc, eg both 32 bithow did you install windows in the first place, you would have needed a disc..or maybe a disc that says dell on it (if you boguth it from dell etc.)


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