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Deleted Boot files from C: Drive


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#1 PropagandaPanda

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:25 PM

Hello.

While doing some program testing, I made a small mistake (long story, put a "0" instead of "1") which deleted all files on the root of the C:\ drive, as well as most of my D:\.

I was able to recover the files in D:\, but Windows is now unbootable.

The files that were deleted were:
C:\Boot.ini -Recovered
C:\cmldr
C:\CONFIG.SYS
C:\IO.SYS
C:\MSDOS.SYS
C:\NTDETECT.COM
C:\ntldr

Is there a way to restore this machine without having to reinstall Windows? I have an XP CD available.

With Regards,
The Panda

Fix files.

Edited by PropagandaPanda, 11 February 2009 - 08:17 AM.


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:56 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

IMO, a repair install of XP would be the best way to go and the only way that I know of to truly restore bootability to XP.

Well...it's not necessarily the only way, I suppose that you might be able to use a boot loader like GRUB but I don't have any experience using that...and since you have an XP install CD, the repair will ensure that all system files wind up where they should (in proper working order).

A repair install takes about 35 minutes and would require reinstall of any critical updates issued since the SP-level of the CD used for the install.

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Others here with more experience than I...can probably offer other alternatives.

Louis

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:47 PM

Hello.

I was able to recovery simply by copying the ntldr and ntdetect.com from the CD.

My CD was being annoying yesterday and didn't let me boot into it.

Thanks anyways.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:21 PM

Glad you solved it :thumbsup:.

Louis




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