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ntelowitz

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my computer is giving me the "vgaoem.fon is missing or corrupt" error when I try to boot. I got instructions on how to extract it from the setup disk, but then I get the message "file could not be expanded".

I ran checkdisk from the repair console and it could not be completed. It's telling me that I don't have enough disk space, but I have 2 hard drives. (?)

Does anyone know how I can fix this, without having to reinstall windows xp and losing all my software/data?
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Will it start in safe mode
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Nope. Only thing I can do is boot from setup disk and go to repair console
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Using the F8 boot options, try last known good, if nothing, this is an out side chance

Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Start the System Restore Utility at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a Command Prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click 315222 to see a description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP


Otherwise

You will need an XP CD for this

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the power button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM


If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive


After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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Thank you! I will try this when I get home tonight
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