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Repair Windows XP on Portege 2010 without CD drive?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
April 10, 2004 8:28:51 PM

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I'm unable to boot my Portege 2010 - I'm getting this error message at

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using
the original Setup CD-ROM"

Since I don't have the external CD-ROM for the laptop, is there any
way that I can recover the O/S (Win XP) using the "boot from LAN"

TIA for any help
August 14, 2009 1:05:32 AM

try booting from USB or any other media and then replace a file named "SYSTEM" from "\WINDOWS\repair" to "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" and this will work for you, i'm sure as i had done it successfully under such problems and if it fails then use some other way
February 21, 2012 1:21:34 AM

no, not unless you have a terminal server configured for lan or PXE boot.

Try booting into safe mode by pressing f8 during boot up this should allow you to boot as the config folder i believe contains driver files then you can use reimage to reinstall and repair your operating system and replace the corrupt windows files.

download reimage
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