Windows Will Not Load Up - Error - HELP!

Hello guys.

When I'm loading up windows xp now I dont get the Windows Xp logo image where the bar moves under the logo. All I get is a blank screen, then this message pops up:

Windoes could not start because the following files were missing or corrupt:
<Windows root.\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Which file am I missing and how can I fix this problem.

Thanks a lot for all your input guys.
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  1. 1. Set your computer to boot from the CD-ROM in the BIOS, insert the WinXP CD, and restart to boot from the CD.

    2. At the Welcome to Windows Setup screen, press F10 to start the Recovery Console.

    You may want to review information about the Recovery Console at this MS KB article:

    <A HREF=";en-us;314058" target="_new">Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console</A>

    3. Provide the built-in Administrator account password.

    4. Copy a fresh copy of the ntoskrnl.exe file from the CD onto your HDD using this command:

    copy [d:]\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ c:\windows\system32

    Note: This command assumes "c:\windows" is where XP is loaded on your hard drive ... adjust accordingly if your computer is different; [d:] stands for the letter of the CD-ROM drive in which the WinXP CD is located; the file "ntoskrnl.ex_" is a compressed file as indicated by the last character being an underscore character; when in the Recovery Console, the "copy" command automatically expands compressed files on the CD to the HDD.

    Type "Exit" to close the Recovery Console and restart your computer. Take the CD out of the drive so that the computer doesn't start from the CD again. I'd futher suggest switching the first bootable device in the BIOS to IDE 0 to lower the boot time.

    If the problem was simply a corrupted ntoskrnl.exe file, your computer should now be back to normal.


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