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CHKDSK "UNSPECIFIED ERROR"- Need Win XP Pro FIXMBR / FIXBOOT

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May 14, 2012 12:42:09 AM

CHKDSK "UNSPECIFIED ERROR"- Need Win XP Pro FIXMBR / FIXBOOT

* Removed trojans/viruses exhaustively and began reinstallation of anti-virus software.

* Decided to clear freebie software and install Norton Internet Security 2012.

* Multiple uninstalls/reinstalls later, with Symantec tech support in tow... CHKDSK /F /R fails with "unspecified error"

*...techs say this is a side-result of trojan/virus infection

* No XP Pro CDs available to apply FIXBOOT or FIXMBR or RECOVERY CONSOLE repairs...

HELP! I work for non-profits and cannot afford commercial connections or new software at this point.

Is there still a free download/solution for making bootable XP Pro CDs (no floppy installed on this laptop) and applying the boot sector fix(es) from that disk?

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May 14, 2012 7:11:43 AM

zorban99 said:
CHKDSK "UNSPECIFIED ERROR"- Need Win XP Pro FIXMBR / FIXBOOT

* Removed trojans/viruses exhaustively and began reinstallation of anti-virus software.

* Decided to clear freebie software and install Norton Internet Security 2012.

* Multiple uninstalls/reinstalls later, with Symantec tech support in tow... CHKDSK /F /R fails with "unspecified error"

*...techs say this is a side-result of trojan/virus infection

* No XP Pro CDs available to apply FIXBOOT or FIXMBR or RECOVERY CONSOLE repairs...

HELP! I work for non-profits and cannot afford commercial connections or new software at this point.

Is there still a free download/solution for making bootable XP Pro CDs (no floppy installed on this laptop) and applying the boot sector fix(es) from that disk?


You may find something in these links - But cannot vouch for any of them.
Safest way IMO, is to query friends/relatives to see who has an XP CD laying around ! Or even look on sites such as Ebay
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May 15, 2012 11:55:47 PM

What links were you talking about, KSIEMB?
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May 16, 2012 6:40:54 AM

zorban99 said:
What links were you talking about, KSIEMB?

Sorry - forgot to include them ! - But if you search fixmbr xp unspecified error- you will find links to solutions and will require Windows CD to repair.
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June 23, 2012 8:33:06 PM

http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/fix-mbr-xp-vista/ provided the command line fixes. I found an XP boot/installation disk and both commands ran "successfully" but the problem still exists.

* CHKDSK /F /R still fails with "unspecified error"
* Norton Internet Security fails to run or update and (after each Norton Error code 8504,100) it
* demands reboot with CHKDKSK, ad nauseum...

NO JOY. :cry: 
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