The problem started the other day when I left the computer inactive and returned to see that it was in a "frozen" state. I could move the mouse around but could not click on anything. So I pressed the re-start button thinking that would clear things up, but to my dismay the computer did not restart properly. During boot-up the computer made it all the way through to the Windows logo screen where you see the progress bar moving back and forth but eventually it would just stall out there never making it to the login screen. I tried logging into the machine in Safe Mode but this did not work either and eventually after a series of restarts I got the following message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."
Well then I attempted to repair the file as the message instructs but could not get very far because the Windows Setup keeps stalling at this step "Searching for previous versions of Microsoft Windows..."
So now I need some help, what should I do?
Note: The computer was stable prior to a recent trip, I didn't use the computer for a month, except for a day before just prior to the incident and I had not installed anything on it.
Edited by loggedout, 24 January 2010 - 02:26 PM.