Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:34 AM
Boot using the Windows XP CD. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press a key.
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password. (If you have not set a password, press "Enter".
Copy the following two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer. At the command prompt (C:\Windows>), type the following, pressing "Enter" after each one:
copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\
Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Let us know how this goes...
Posted 12 August 2006 - 09:18 PM
Posted 13 August 2006 - 02:20 PM
Try repeating the above process with NTFS PRO setup disks.
Is there a way you can get into DOS?
As I recall, I used Caldera disk files to open the door, then switch disks for a Norton basic startup disk. From there I cd c:\ and then cd to whatever drive my setup CD is on. Baring that, the initial floppie gets you to a:\ and from there you can do a cd c:\dir_/s_/p to get to see if the files are in the c:\ directory. If not, type in c:\dir_/s_/p_ntldr This will search the whole hard drive to see if they are there. Repeat the same string for the other file needed. Once found, record their location on a bit of paper and then copy/xcopy them over to the c:\ folder and reboot.
If you can get to the command prompt in safe mode, then repeat the above, but don't bother with the floppie disk/s.
A lot of times the files are in the c:\Windows folder somewhere... i386, or the somewhere among the series of folders beginning at c:\Windows\$hf_mig$ etc.
Last option, get the files from another computer, or your disk installed into another computer. Save to a floppie and install them from the a:\ command when you get to it...just pop in the disk and copy them over.
Once you have the problem solved, download and save the SP2 file from MS. Open the file, but do not install it. Save all of the I386 files to an I386 folder in c:\ i.e. set up a new folder on c:\I386CACHE You can then refer the computer to this folder should you need a file and cannot readily access the CD.
Did you reformat before your re-install? Do a full reformat to really clean it off.
Posted 13 August 2006 - 08:14 PM
Edited by jweg84, 13 August 2006 - 08:17 PM.
Posted 13 August 2006 - 08:16 PM
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