"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root\system32\ntoskrnl.exe"
Windows XP does eventually boot successfully after a few attempts but it's a persistent problem and I want to resolve it by replacing the corrupt file.
Thanks to your great help at "geeks to go" I've got a Windows XP Pro Reinstallation CD with Service Pack 2, so I can now repair the file.
But I've encountered a new problem when trying to repair Windows XP on my old Dell Dimension 8300 system.
(1) On rebooting I press F12 and choose to install Windows using the IDE CD-ROM device. Windows boots up from the Reinstallation CD with SP2.
(2) When I press 'R' to go into the Recovery Console, I get the message:
"Set up did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer. Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program."
This is a specific Dell problem but I haven't found a solution in their quite empty support forums and speaking to one of their advisors is usually a nightmare!
I can still start up Windows on my computer - Is there any way that I can repair the file in Windows XP rather than the Recovery Console which refuses to work? If I cannot resolve this issue I may have to reinstall Windows XP.
This website has already provided me with some great advice. I hope someone can help here.