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Win XP problem..System32 error

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Anonymous
April 7, 2002 9:39:30 AM

Hello!

Here is my problem. I got to turn on my computer and it goes through its drive detection and then it goes through the boot sequence but before it can get to the Windows XP loading screen.....i get this message.. "Windows could not start because the following file is missing of corrupt: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys"
Then it says....."You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I also get another screen that gives me a few options to restart windows....Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/networking, Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt, Last Known Good Configuration, and Start Windows Normally............I have tried all of them to no success.

so what should I do? I was told I should FDISK my HDD but when I went to go make a bootdisk for Win XP i got a system disk error so I had to take the floppy out.

Can anyone offer any suggestions? I dont mind reformating my HDD.

My specs: AMD 1600XP, Epox 8KHA+ MB, 20G IBM Desktar HDD, 512 ddr ram, gf2 t-500 64meg vcard, WINDOWS XP, soundblaster 5.1


Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!!

Bruce
April 7, 2002 5:40:07 PM

Use the WinXP CD to delete the partition, recreate the partition, format, and reinstall the operating system.

<A HREF="http://www.bcentral.ca/xp/clean_install.asp" target="_new">Microsoft Windows XP - Doing A Clean Install</A>

Make sure that CD-ROM is selected in the BIOS as the first, bootable device.

Extra Links:

<A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q311073" target="_new">Creating a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition (Q311073)</A>

<A HREF="http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/13718..." target="_new">corrupt ntfs.sys in Window XP</A>

<A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/gett..." target="_new">Troubleshoot Windows XP Professional</A>

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Anonymous
April 7, 2002 11:03:15 PM

OK.,.....but i cant even get to the windows loading screen......i keep getting the error messages. I dont know what i need to do to get to the desktop. I cant reformat anything until i can get past the black screen with the error message


thanks
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April 8, 2002 1:02:16 AM

Did you actually <i>try</i> booting with the Windows CD? Did you change the first boot device in the BIOS to CD-ROM?

If none of this works, you might try swapping out your memory modules, in case one of these is causing the error. And it also might be a good idea to look and see if there is a BIOS update for your mainboard.

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Anonymous
April 8, 2002 9:48:34 AM

Thanks for all the respones and advice. I finally got win XP to start up but I realize now that the problem IS Windows XP....im now one of those that dislikes XP...I want to install Windows 2000 server on the machine as it has been running flawlessly on my other machine.

Can someone walk me through OR provide a link that can walk me through deleting XP, FDISK'ing?

Thanks all!

Bruce
April 8, 2002 5:12:44 PM

What exactly IS the problem? I have system specs somewhat similar to yours, and I have yet to have any problem. What makes you believe that XP is at fault?

Oh.. btw.. if you want to fdisk the drive with XP, you're out of luck. You must.. repeat MUST boot from the Windows XP CD to repair the existing installation. You have the option of deleting the partition as well; but again that must be done by booting from the CD. The ONLY other option you have is to create install floppies... just like Win2K or NT 4.0

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