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Help needed to repair file on xp recovery console


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#1 shud2

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

Hi there,

 

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

 

1: C:\minint

2:C:\WINDOWS

3:E:\MiniNT

4:G:\WINDOWS

 

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. 

 

Thank you

 



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

I misread the post, I thought that they could boot into Windows.

 

Thanks narenxp


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:17 AM

OP cannot boot into windows so using sfc /scannow is not possible

 

Boot into recovery console and use this command

 

expand D:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ C:\Windows\system32
 

Press Y and <enter> to overwrite the file

 

Restart the PC



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

Thank youon for your responses. Still no joy though

 

I tried expand D:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ C:\Windows\system32 and it gave the same response as when I tried expand d:\i386\ntoskrnl.exe c:\windows\system32.exe which was The file name,directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect

 

I also tried the advise provided by microsoft support @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

I tied the steps in part one of this and when I tried copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system 

on the third set of lines and it said 'the system cannot find the file specified' yet when I continued to copy the rest of them it seemed to work.

 

Im no computer whizz so hopefully you or someone can understand this and help fix it

 

Thank you



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

Hey buddy, take a look at this.

 

 http://www.toptrickstips.com/2011/07/trick-to-repair-windows-xp-without.html



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

Thanks mate, I took a look but that looks to only apply if you can access windows. I need solutions to use on the Recovery Console. Ahh I might just throw it off a bridge at this stage. Maybe the fish will have more luck. Thanks anyway






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