"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root\system32\ntoskrnl.exe"
Neil Jones was very helpful in his reply:
"This is a critical system file and if you replace it with a download from the Internet, you run the risk of the computer not booting at all especially if you inadvertedly grab a file from an older version of Windows XP (that is, a file from the original XP or XP Service Pack 1). The computer will then be in a hybrid configuration which means any errors you do get if it does work may be unGoogleable. If you must replace key system files, the best place is from the XP CD used to install the Windows on the system in the first place."
The same problem has occurred again and I would like to replace the file. My original Windows XP Pro disk only contains XP Service Pack 1.
I have a separate Windows XP Service Pack 2 disk which I downloaded from Microsoft's website.
(1) Should I use my original Windows XP Installation disk with Service Pack 1?
(2) Should I reinstall Service Pack2?
(3) Should I try something else?
I would be very grateful for advice.