Windows XP forum: (NT) Problems booting: missing file <Windows root<\system\32

by: mljay September 1, 2005 11:51 AM PDT

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(NT) Problems booting: missing file <Windows root<\system\32

by mljay - 9/1/05 11:51 AM

I have a new Dell Laptop running Windows XP. It worked fine for two weeks, then last night when I tried to boot it up I got this message:

missing file <Windows root<\system\32\ntoskrnl.exe

I've searched the forums, but they all refer to a Repair option, which I don't seem to have on my XP disk.

I can get into Windows if I leave the disk in and press a key after the message appears; but the disk has to be in.

My questions:

1. How can I repair this using the disk that I have, which doesn't have the Repair option?

2. Is there any way, once I'm in Windows XP, to copy the missing file to the correct place? If so--where do I find the file, and where do I copy it to?

I tried running a disk diagnostics, and I got a message that said the LCD invertor was defective. Could this be related? Is this a problem that I should worry about?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! This is a comptuer my daughter is going to be taking abroad for a semester and I'd like it to be as troublefree as possible for her. I want to get any problems ironed out before she takes off!

Thanks,
Mary Lou

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