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If I try to start it normally, it will restart without even showing the boot logo. But in safe mode, it stucks while loading the System32\Config\SYSTEM registry hive.
I know that usually this means corrupt registry, and that's the most probable option, but I've tried to get the registry hives and load them externally in another PC, they open without a problem.

Any help is appreciated.

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I did one google search for you problem, and found an entire guide provided by Microsoft with a solution to your problem.

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Although accurate, you can usually cut out a few steps. In step 9 of part 2: C:\System Volume Information_restore{D86480E3-73EF-47BC-A0EB-A81BE6EE3ED8}\RP1\Snapshot I have had success accessing this folder without many of these steps. Right after booting into the recovery console I was able to access the above folders. For example "copy C:\System Volume Information_restore{D86480E3-73EF-47BC-A0EB-A81BE6EE3ED8}\RP1\Snapshot_REGISTR‌​Y_MACHINE_SYSTEM c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM" should be enough. Please substitute the highest or second highest numbers available instead of RP1 – cybernard Apr 27 '13 at 18:37
Let me clear something out. Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM. this doesn't show anywhere. Thanks though for that useless search – Tonnio Apr 27 '13 at 18:59
@Tonnio - You act as if we were supposed to know that \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is missing. You're hilarious. When you adjust your attitude, research and add more specifics to your question, and stop assuming people know your exact situation without putting details in your question, you just may get a detailed answer. – Tillman32 Apr 28 '13 at 16:10
@Tonnio Please include all details in your question. Tillman32, could you perhaps summarize the most important steps here, on-site? Having a link is nice, but giving a bit more information here would be preferred. Thanks in advance to both of you. – slhck Apr 28 '13 at 16:32
@slhck - I'd love too! However, I do not know his exact situation yet, so there is nothing to pick out. Apparently he's missing a few things that we're not aware of. I'll sit tight for more information. Until then, my answer is as bland as his question. – Tillman32 Apr 28 '13 at 16:36

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