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ntoskrnl corruption?

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Okay The background.

I am running Windows XP Pro x_64 SP2 (no sp3 since it is based off of the 2k3 server core and uses mainly 2k3 updates) I got it going the way I like and was good for about 1-2 weeks. (just got the comp at the beginning of the month) and I boot up missing or corrupted ntoskrnl.exe file. So I pop in the XP 64 disk load up the recovery console, goto to drivers cache (i forget now was a long night) and copy over the backup copy of ntoskrnl.exe and replace the one in system32. reboot, system loads fine. run AV scan nothing, run spyware using S&D and found nothing. Played some GTA:IV and browsed the web checking forums and email. installed windows update that came through the update manager or auto-update whatever you call it, rebooted my system and slam. SAME PROBLEM. did above and booted up fine. logged in and it auto rebooted on me and now I can't even use the backup copy of ntoskrnl.exe to get my system running again.

Needless to say I had beta copy of windows 7. Loaded it on the computer and Now I am trying to get XP running again. Since well 7 is in beta so I would like to figure out how to get xp working again.

Well I will have to reinstall it. But I would like to know ways to prevent the ntoskrnl.exe from becoming corrupted or deleted again. Cause If XP is going to do that again I will have no real option but to run windows 7 until it expires in june or july then go and buy it. And I am not going to buy Vista since I will be getting 7 when it comes out.

Any Ideas on how to get xp working again and keep it working?
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