I wasn't at home when my Father-in-law cut through the wire from my fuse (yes fuse) box to my computer yesterday. I don't have auto shutdown from the UPS (but, will do this when I get this problem fixed) and so the computer went down hard. I now get the dreaded "Windows cannot start because the file ...system is corrupt or missing" message. I have a copy of an older system file from a few months ago when my system decided to rename C: to F:. I changed all the occurances of the F: back to C: in Linux, then replaced the file. The file size is about 8K smaller than what I have now.
What I would like to do is to either (1) find software for Linux or Windows that will scan the SYSTEM hive and fix any problems, or (2) write my own hack for the file.
My question(s) is(are) is there a pre-existing software utility that will repair the system hive (1) and/or is there a map of the SYSTEM hive file?
EDIT: Guess I should have said that this is a Windows XP box. . .