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Mechana

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Hello,

My old Windows 2000-running laptop's hard drive popped out last night, and when I put it back in and attempted to run it this morning it has given me errors about certain system files being damaged. Is there any way to repair the system without damaging my personal files, or will I need to totally reformat W2k?

Thanks in advance,
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When it boots up, try F8 and "last known good configuration".
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Could you write down the errors? it could help.
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Last Good System Configuration didn't work.

The error is "Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFID\SYSTEMced startup options for Windows 2000, press F8"

Pressing F8 does nothing.
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Have a look at this useful link. A previous poster used it successfully so I bookmarked it. It deals with XP but everything should work to win 2000 just the same. You must have an installation CD of win 2000, of the same version that is installed on your computer.
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Which is exactly what I do not have.

I'm guessing that my laptop cannot be fixed without it..
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I am afraid so.
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Any clue where I can get one? It appears to be that there are some on Ebay but they're all $65..
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Could you borrow one and run it under your product key? That's perfectly legal.
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I bought this laptop from eBay, it was an old refurbished one that I got for $100. I'm pretty sure it didn't come with anything but the power cord. I have no clue what my product key is at all.
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Don't you have any sticker with the product key at the bottom of the computer? If you haven't then I am afraid that we will not be able to help. That's this forum's policy.
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I just found the Product Key on the underside.

I may know where I can borrow a Windows 2000 CD aswell. A friend of mine is a computer technician who more likely than not has a Windows 2000 CD..


Thanks!
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My pleasure. Good luck.
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