Posted 05 November 2004 - 08:01 PM
Why are notebooks so difficult to work on? I am currently working on a Toshiba 1005-S157 Celeron running (sort of) XP home. There are some major problems with the Windows system file.
When you try to boot it up, it comes says that Windows was not shut down properly. Choose between:
Safe Mode with networking
Safe Mode with Command prompt
Last Known Configuration
Start Windows normally
No matter which one you try, it comes back with the same error:(verbatum)
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 CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to repair.
I changed the boot sequence from BIOS to read CD before HD, put in a bootable CD, and it says the only way to repair it is basically to re-install the OS. I don't really have a problem with doing that; however, because the owner does not have a rescue CD, I used one from a different computer.
I am waiting for permission from the owner to reinstall the OS, but until then I was wondering a few things:
I was under the impression that rescue CDs do not have the OS on them. They basically just point the computer to a hidden partition on the HD to reinstall. If that is the case, is there a way that i can hook up this laptop to another computer via a router so that the working computer can at least copy the information off the laptop's HD for backup purposes?
Would I be able to purchase a full version of XP home and use that to repair? On all of the computers that I have built (well, all of them except for one), I purchase the full version of XP, and I give (really sell as it is included with the price) it to my client with the computer. If I was to purchase a full version, then I should be able to use the license code that is on the sticker placed on the computer, right? In that case, I would not really be losing out, because I could still use the license code for my next client.
I am under the impression that the files are missing due to viruses. In this case, it may just be better to just wipe it clean. I just wanted some options for my client.
Thanks for your opinions and suggestions.
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