I have never written a post in one of these forums so bare with me.
I have encountered the pretty common problem of 'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe. please reinstall a copy of the above file'
Now I have already taken the necessary steps to fix this problem but nothing is working.
I downloaded and burned a xp_rec_con.iso file to a disc. I then went onto the recovery console pressing r on the boot cd.
What confused me here was instead of having one installation of c:\windows I had 4 in the format shown below
I then selected option 2 and typed:chkdsk /r. When it finished (an hour later) I restarted and found the problem remained. I continued to do this for all four options and no joy.
I persisted to see could I solve this problem by typing: Copy d:\i386\ntoskrnl.exe c:\windows\system32.exe
It responded with 'The system cannot find the file specified'
I tried typing: expand d:\i386\ntoskrnl.exe c:\windows\system32.exe
It responded with 'The file name,directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect'
My computer is quiet old. Its a HP Pavillion dv 8000 with a dual hardrive.
Can someone please send me in the right direction.