My computer experience is limited - please help!
I encountered this problem when starting up Windows XP Pro:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root\system32\ntoskrnl.exe"
I turned off the computer and restarted the machine. Windows booted up successfully and I'm now using the same computer to post this message.
I've read other forums where people experienced this problem every time Windows booted up and had to repair their Windows XP system using the original Windows disk. But my original Windows disk includes Service Pack 1 only, which could lead to further complications as the computer may say that my original disk is out of date compared to my operating system which has Service Pack 2 and further updates from Microsoft's website.
(1) Should I leave the system as it is?
(2) Should I download the ntoskrnl.exe file and replace the old file in the system32 folder?
Or should I download a larger, more comprehensive file that includes the ntoskrnl.exe file?
If so can you suggest a reputable website for me? I've tried microsoft's website and they only refer to this problem in Windows 2000 and Windows NT. I've not seen a link for Windows XP.
(3) Can you suggest another approach?
Thanks for your help