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Disk Boot Failure and missing ntoskrnl.exe


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Does anyone know what these things would have in common? I boot up every time and get Disk Boot Failure. I realize that probably means my hard drive is failing. But, what I don't know is why every now and then I get another screen on boot up that states that windows could not start because the ntoskrnl.exe file is either corrupt or missing. Are these two things related? Inserting my windows xp cd and letting it load up the initial files and then rebooting always temporarily resolves the issue.
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Hello,
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Is the heart of your Windows XP operating system. What it has in common with a boot error is that the computer can not boot if this is corrupt.
Since you can use your XP disc to temporary load Windows I would say that your hard drive is failing.
FIRST, use the XP disc to bring Windows up and save all of your data to disc or flash drive.
Second, buy a new hard drive and reinstall windows, then restore your data from the removable media that you saved it to.
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thanks hfcg,

That's good advice. And, I may well do that yet anyway. I have since this post removed some malware, one of which was a nice little virus that interfered with ntoskrnl.exe, called "ntosk.sy_" or some such name I can't recall. Anyway, just today I found that my power supply to my MB was loose. And, my power supply to my HD was loose!!! Seems to be booting fine now.....I just hope it stays that way for a while. :) thanks again.
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