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computer fails to boot: pci.sys is missing or corrupted


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#1 Pershore

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 01:56 PM

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



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:00 PM

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