I have installed Windows Server 2003 Standard in VMware Server. When I try to start this virtual machine I get the following error message:

"Windows can not start this virtual machine because the file System32/ config is missing or corrupted"

Can you help?

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Please pardon me if I am being presumptuous, but perhaps the error actually said:

Windows count not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM

If this is the case it means that this is actually a Windows problem. Lucky for you I happen to know the KB article that tells you how to fix it!

This was first published in March 2007

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