Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CDROM
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
Only problem is I don't have my original setup CDROM. I wasn't given an XP disk. I have looked at various sites and have found that it is possible to make XP floppies. I have a friend who has a disk for upgrading Win98 to XP but I have a feeling this disk won't be of any use. If I have to use floppies will the repair process be made more difficult.
I have also noticed various methods to resolve the problem, however some sites say do a repair from disk and NEVER use the console, yet some say that you should use the repair console. Others say something about boot.ini files. Which method is right? If they are all right, then is there some sort of order I should try them in and are there places where a complete novice like me can look to. I'd like to note I can't afford to spend any money on resolving this problem. My house has a 5 comp network, so I have internet resources at my disposal. I would like to use these if at all possible. I would obviously like to retain all my files, but I have backed up my pictures, music etc on my secondary hard drive. I would also like to note that my operating system is on my FAT32 40gb hard drive.
Also trying to start in safemode gives me the following:
and then I get the boot error message as stated above. The message directly above was appearing when I tried to boot into safemode previously however before the boot error incident. I don't know whether this means anything to anyone.
I have also tried to start windows normally and restart with last known good settings. Neither of these worked.
Edited by B34R, 18 October 2005 - 10:04 AM.