- My girlfriend's computer is a HP Pavillion dv5000 laptop with Windows XP Media Center Edition.
- Yesterday, when she tried to boot it, she suddenly gets the following message:
- I researched this issue and found out that this is a "corrupt hive" and should be fixable by running the Windows Recovery Console from the Setup CD. See: http://www.kellys-ko...om/xp_sys32.htm and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269075
Windows cannot start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
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.
There's just one major problem. She doesn't have the CD! A combination of manufacturers never including the Windows CD with the machine and the fact that Media Center Edition is not available from retailers or Microsoft (you have to buy a "Media Center PC") means that there is no Windows Media Center Edition Setup CD for us to use to correct this problem.
I have researched on the Internet how to create your own bootable XP setup disc, and it seems easy enough, but the only instructions I can find are for Home and Professional Editions. I can't find how to do something like this for MCE. So, I am instead looking at this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116049 Before I buy this, I want to know - is this the correct CD I would use to boot her computer and access the Recovery Console with?
Does anybody have any advice? I really want to restore her system without losing anything. I have tried to boot with a Knoppix Live CD (Linux) but it fails to boot. I try a memtest and get a ton of errors. So, unfortunately, the problem is affecting the memory, not just Windows, so I can't boot with anything. The only solution seems to be booting with a Windows CD and accessing the Recovery Console. I only hope that once I get the CD, it won't fail me.