My computer fails to boot
After the COMPAQ red and white splash screen, I am suddenly getting the message about \system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys is missing or corrupted, you may insert original Windows Installation disk [which I do not have because O/S was preinstalled] to try to repair the file (or similar in plain white test on a black screen, after a row of tick marks which showed progress)
PC was booting successfully until a few days ago.
I booted to Mini XP from CD and found that C:\I386\system32\DRIVERS on the HDD was missing !! I don't what other files are missing, but the i386 directory on the CD looks completely different to the one on the HD ! (I did not expect them to be the same tho')
I do not have an original XP Installation disk because the computer came with Windows XP pre-installed.
I do not wish to perform a system recovery to the original factory state because that would lose my legacy software, I think the term is.
What to do ?
HP Compaq Presario S5160UK - 2.7GHz Celeron - 2GB PC2700 RAM - Windows XP Home 32 bit SP3