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Anonymous
September 16, 2004 1:40:38 AM

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Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe being
missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I can't
get past the error.
Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly to
dos?
Thanks.

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Anonymous
September 16, 2004 7:11:19 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe being
> missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I can't
> get past the error.
> Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly to
> dos?
> Thanks.

When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
Command Prompt. This is a child process under Windows -
it cannot run without Windows.

If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot your
machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
and edit boot.ini.

If your system partition is NTFS then you have to install your
disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other Win2000/XP
machine to edit boot.ini.

You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000 CD,
get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini with a
version that you supply on floppy disk.
Anonymous
September 16, 2004 9:38:36 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

>-----Original Message-----
>
>"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote in message
>news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>> Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe
being
>> missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I can't
>> get past the error.
>> Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly to
>> dos?
>> Thanks.
>
>When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
>Command Prompt. This is a child process under Windows -
>it cannot run without Windows.
>
>If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot your
>machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
>and edit boot.ini.
>
>If your system partition is NTFS then you have to install
your
>disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other Win2000/XP
>machine to edit boot.ini.
>
>You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000 CD,
>get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini with a
>version that you supply on floppy disk.
>
>
>.
>Thanks for the advice- I'll give it a try.
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Anonymous
September 17, 2004 12:57:18 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

>-----Original Message-----
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>
>>"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com>
>wrote in message
>>news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>>> Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe
>being
>>> missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I can't
>>> get past the error.
>>> Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly
to
>>> dos?
>>> Thanks.
>>
>>When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
>>Command Prompt. This is a child process under Windows -
>>it cannot run without Windows.
>>
>>If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot your
>>machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
>>and edit boot.ini.
>>
>>If your system partition is NTFS then you have to
install
>your
>>disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other Win2000/XP
>>machine to edit boot.ini.
>>
>>You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000 CD,
>>get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini with
a
>>version that you supply on floppy disk.
>>
>>
>>.
>>Thanks for the advice- I'll give it a try.
>.
>I was able to get the pc to bbot up with the dos boot
disk and I can move around in dos. However, I cannot seem
to find the boot.ini file, nor can I run the 'edit'
command. Also, I have copied the ntoskrnl.exe file into
\windows\system32 but I still get the same error.
I'm stumped as I can't seem to get pst the error when
loading Windows which would seem to indicate I can't even
run the recovery console form the installation cd.

Any help/suggestions would be rgeatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 6:28:10 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

Steve -
- boot.ini is a hidden readonly system file in the root dir. Remove
those attributes to see/edit it.

- edit boot.ini with notepad, it's just ordinary text.

- I can't tell from the thread so far, but if the system on the
partition is a working system, you might be able to start it by (on some
other W2k system, MUST be W2k) formatting a diskette, then copying 3
files to it, taking it to your machine, and booting from it. Then copy
the working boot.ini to the hard drive. The 3 files are:
boot.ini
ntldr
ntdetect.com

- within boot.ini, "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)" mean the first of each type
of disk support hardware; "partition(1)" means the first partition on
the drive being pointed to. All 4 values are the most typical (for the
active partition on the primary master hard drive.)

- often when a boot reports ntoskrnl is missing it's because boot.ini is
pointing to the wrong rdisk or partition. Or the system isn't completely
installed. You may want to experiment with those boot.ini values, which
are explained in many places on the net.

Steve Wilson wrote:
>>-----Original Message-----
>>
>>
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>
>>>"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com>
>>
>>wrote in message
>>
>>>news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>>>
>>>>Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe
>>
>>being
>>
>>>>missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I can't
>>>>get past the error.
>>>>Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly
>
> to
>
>>>>dos?
>>>>Thanks.
>>>
>>>When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
>>>Command Prompt. This is a child process under Windows -
>>>it cannot run without Windows.
>>>
>>>If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot your
>>>machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
>>>and edit boot.ini.
>>>
>>>If your system partition is NTFS then you have to
>
> install
>
>>your
>>
>>>disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other Win2000/XP
>>>machine to edit boot.ini.
>>>
>>>You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000 CD,
>>>get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini with
>
> a
>
>>>version that you supply on floppy disk.
>>>
>>>
>>>.
>>>Thanks for the advice- I'll give it a try.
>>
>>.
>>I was able to get the pc to bbot up with the dos boot
>
> disk and I can move around in dos. However, I cannot seem
> to find the boot.ini file, nor can I run the 'edit'
> command. Also, I have copied the ntoskrnl.exe file into
> \windows\system32 but I still get the same error.
> I'm stumped as I can't seem to get pst the error when
> loading Windows which would seem to indicate I can't even
> run the recovery console form the installation cd.
>
> Any help/suggestions would be rgeatly appreciated.
> Thanks.
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 6:28:11 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

>-----Original Message-----
>Steve -
>- boot.ini is a hidden readonly system file in the root
dir. Remove
>those attributes to see/edit it.
>
>- edit boot.ini with notepad, it's just ordinary text.
>
>- I can't tell from the thread so far, but if the system
on the
>partition is a working system, you might be able to start
it by (on some
>other W2k system, MUST be W2k) formatting a diskette,
then copying 3
>files to it, taking it to your machine, and booting from
it. Then copy
>the working boot.ini to the hard drive. The 3 files are:
> boot.ini
> ntldr
> ntdetect.com
>
>- within boot.ini, "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)" mean the
first of each type
>of disk support hardware; "partition(1)" means the first
partition on
>the drive being pointed to. All 4 values are the most
typical (for the
>active partition on the primary master hard drive.)
>
>- often when a boot reports ntoskrnl is missing it's
because boot.ini is
>pointing to the wrong rdisk or partition. Or the system
isn't completely
>installed. You may want to experiment with those boot.ini
values, which
>are explained in many places on the net.
>
>Steve Wilson wrote:
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>
>>>
>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>
>>>>"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com>
>>>
>>>wrote in message
>>>
>>>>news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>>>>
>>>>>Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe
>>>
>>>being
>>>
>>>>>missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I
can't
>>>>>get past the error.
>>>>>Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly
>>
>> to
>>
>>>>>dos?
>>>>>Thanks.
>>>>
>>>>When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
>>>>Command Prompt. This is a child process under Windows -
>>>>it cannot run without Windows.
>>>>
>>>>If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot
your
>>>>machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
>>>>and edit boot.ini.
>>>>
>>>>If your system partition is NTFS then you have to
>>
>> install
>>
>>>your
>>>
>>>>disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other
Win2000/XP
>>>>machine to edit boot.ini.
>>>>
>>>>You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000 CD,
>>>>get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini
with
>>
>> a
>>
>>>>version that you supply on floppy disk.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>.
>>>>Thanks for the advice- I'll give it a try.
>>>
>>>.
>>>I was able to get the pc to bbot up with the dos boot
>>
>> disk and I can move around in dos. However, I cannot
seem
>> to find the boot.ini file, nor can I run the 'edit'
>> command. Also, I have copied the ntoskrnl.exe file
into
>> \windows\system32 but I still get the same error.
>> I'm stumped as I can't seem to get pst the error when
>> loading Windows which would seem to indicate I can't
even
>> run the recovery console form the installation cd.
>>
>> Any help/suggestions would be rgeatly appreciated.
>> Thanks.
>
>.
>Dan- excellent information and I wll give it a try.
Thank you so much for you help.

Steve.
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 9:40:57 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

Good luck...come back in this thread with results :-)

Steve Wilson wrote:

>>-----Original Message-----
>>Steve -
>>- boot.ini is a hidden readonly system file in the root
>
> dir. Remove
>
>>those attributes to see/edit it.
>>
>>- edit boot.ini with notepad, it's just ordinary text.
>>
>>- I can't tell from the thread so far, but if the system
>
> on the
>
>>partition is a working system, you might be able to start
>
> it by (on some
>
>>other W2k system, MUST be W2k) formatting a diskette,
>
> then copying 3
>
>>files to it, taking it to your machine, and booting from
>
> it. Then copy
>
>>the working boot.ini to the hard drive. The 3 files are:
>> boot.ini
>> ntldr
>> ntdetect.com
>>
>>- within boot.ini, "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)" mean the
>
> first of each type
>
>>of disk support hardware; "partition(1)" means the first
>
> partition on
>
>>the drive being pointed to. All 4 values are the most
>
> typical (for the
>
>>active partition on the primary master hard drive.)
>>
>>- often when a boot reports ntoskrnl is missing it's
>
> because boot.ini is
>
>>pointing to the wrong rdisk or partition. Or the system
>
> isn't completely
>
>>installed. You may want to experiment with those boot.ini
>
> values, which
>
>>are explained in many places on the net.
>>
>>Steve Wilson wrote:
>>
>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>>
>>>>>"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com>
>>>>
>>>>wrote in message
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to ntoskrnl.exe
>>>>
>>>>being
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>>missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I
>
> can't
>
>>>>>>get past the error.
>>>>>>Is it possible to boot the machine up and go directly
>>>
>>>to
>>>
>>>
>>>>>>dos?
>>>>>>Thanks.
>>>>>
>>>>>When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
>>>>>Command Prompt. This is a child process under Windows -
>>>>>it cannot run without Windows.
>>>>>
>>>>>If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot
>
> your
>
>>>>>machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
>>>>>and edit boot.ini.
>>>>>
>>>>>If your system partition is NTFS then you have to
>>>
>>>install
>>>
>>>
>>>>your
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other
>
> Win2000/XP
>
>>>>>machine to edit boot.ini.
>>>>>
>>>>>You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000 CD,
>>>>>get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini
>
> with
>
>>>a
>>>
>>>
>>>>>version that you supply on floppy disk.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>.
>>>>>Thanks for the advice- I'll give it a try.
>>>>
>>>>.
>>>>I was able to get the pc to bbot up with the dos boot
>>>
>>>disk and I can move around in dos. However, I cannot
>
> seem
>
>>>to find the boot.ini file, nor can I run the 'edit'
>>>command. Also, I have copied the ntoskrnl.exe file
>
> into
>
>>>\windows\system32 but I still get the same error.
>>>I'm stumped as I can't seem to get pst the error when
>>>loading Windows which would seem to indicate I can't
>
> even
>
>>>run the recovery console form the installation cd.
>>>
>>>Any help/suggestions would be rgeatly appreciated.
>>>Thanks.
>>
>>.
>>Dan- excellent information and I wll give it a try.
>
> Thank you so much for you help.
>
> Steve.
Anonymous
September 18, 2004 6:57:15 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

>-----Original Message-----
>Good luck...come back in this thread with results :-)
>
>Steve Wilson wrote:
>
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>Steve -
>>>- boot.ini is a hidden readonly system file in the root
>>
>> dir. Remove
>>
>>>those attributes to see/edit it.
>>>
>>>- edit boot.ini with notepad, it's just ordinary text.
>>>
>>>- I can't tell from the thread so far, but if the
system
>>
>> on the
>>
>>>partition is a working system, you might be able to
start
>>
>> it by (on some
>>
>>>other W2k system, MUST be W2k) formatting a diskette,
>>
>> then copying 3
>>
>>>files to it, taking it to your machine, and booting
from
>>
>> it. Then copy
>>
>>>the working boot.ini to the hard drive. The 3 files are:
>>> boot.ini
>>> ntldr
>>> ntdetect.com
>>>
>>>- within boot.ini, "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)" mean the
>>
>> first of each type
>>
>>>of disk support hardware; "partition(1)" means the
first
>>
>> partition on
>>
>>>the drive being pointed to. All 4 values are the most
>>
>> typical (for the
>>
>>>active partition on the primary master hard drive.)
>>>
>>>- often when a boot reports ntoskrnl is missing it's
>>
>> because boot.ini is
>>
>>>pointing to the wrong rdisk or partition. Or the system
>>
>> isn't completely
>>
>>>installed. You may want to experiment with those
boot.ini
>>
>> values, which
>>
>>>are explained in many places on the net.
>>>
>>>Steve Wilson wrote:
>>>
>>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>>>
>>>>>>"Steve Wilson" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com>
>>>>>
>>>>>wrote in message
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>news:321601c49ba7$50529690$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>Hi- I am getting an error pertaining to
ntoskrnl.exe
>>>>>
>>>>>being
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>>missing. I need to alter the boot.ini file but I
>>
>> can't
>>
>>>>>>>get past the error.
>>>>>>>Is it possible to boot the machine up and go
directly
>>>>
>>>>to
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>>>dos?
>>>>>>>Thanks.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>When you write "DOS Prompt", you probably mean the
>>>>>>Command Prompt. This is a child process under
Windows -
>>>>>>it cannot run without Windows.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>If your system partition is FAT32 then you can boot
>>
>> your
>>
>>>>>>machine with a DOS boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
>>>>>>and edit boot.ini.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>If your system partition is NTFS then you have to
>>>>
>>>>install
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>your
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>disk temporarily as a slave disk in some other
>>
>> Win2000/XP
>>
>>>>>>machine to edit boot.ini.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>You could also reboot the machine with your Win2000
CD,
>>>>>>get into the Command Console, then replace boot.ini
>>
>> with
>>
>>>>a
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>>version that you supply on floppy disk.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>.
>>>>>>Thanks for the advice- I'll give it a try.
>>>>>
>>>>>.
>>>>>I was able to get the pc to bbot up with the dos boot
>>>>
>>>>disk and I can move around in dos. However, I cannot
>>
>> seem
>>
>>>>to find the boot.ini file, nor can I run the 'edit'
>>>>command. Also, I have copied the ntoskrnl.exe file
>>
>> into
>>
>>>>\windows\system32 but I still get the same error.
>>>>I'm stumped as I can't seem to get pst the error when
>>>>loading Windows which would seem to indicate I can't
>>
>> even
>>
>>>>run the recovery console form the installation cd.
>>>>
>>>>Any help/suggestions would be rgeatly appreciated.
>>>>Thanks.
>>>
>>>.
>>>Dan- excellent information and I wll give it a try.
>>
>> Thank you so much for you help.
>>
>> Steve.
>
>.
>Well, I'm not having much luck. I have copied the 3
files from another W2K Pro machine but when I put the
floppy into the disabled machine, it can't see the files.
I know they are hidden but I can't seem to 'unhide' them
in dos to copy them. I've tried the ATTRIB command but
I'm getting an error around "Incorrect DOS version".
!