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Hello fellow Geeks,

Saterday I went to start my computer (Dell Xps Gen 4) and during boot Dos

text informed I had an important NTLDR missing. I could do nothing but restart my system.

I tracked down some information on how to fix the NTLDR file. I popped my windows xp

pro cd into my cd rom drive and booted from there. I was planning on installing the OS all

over again, but I noticed a repair option. Luckly after it repaired my system, I was able to

keep most of my programs etc. I make this sound easy but it was like a 6 hour job :).

Now I'm am trying to get my PC back to the way it was before the NTLDR missing issue and my pc wants to

install "Security Update for Windows XP (KB956744)" I downloaded and I have the yellow shield icon in my

right hand tray. But they will not install. I attempt to install, it proceeds, it closes. Then pops right

back up saying I need to install them again. I ran a complete scan with Anti-Spyware and Malware

Megabytes in safe mode and they did not find any infections. I ran the windows clean up

utility and still no luck. I ran dial a fix and it states so files like jesetup.dll, imgutil.dll,

inseng.dll, mshtml.dll, msrating.dll, and many more were corrupt in my System32 folder.

I downloaded the security pack from Microsoft administrator's options where you can personally get the file

your looking for. It said it installed successfully. But I'm still getting the installer icon.

I also tried a clean boot, Msconfig>disabled all 3rd party services except my Nvidia driver service. I also

tried a programs called Tune up utlities 09 it has a disk doctor. Pretty much the same thing as Window check

disk. Still to o avail. I think I need those corrupted files in my system32. But I didn't want to go

downloading the .dll files not knowing what is correct or compatible. I'm so stuck

I have no clue what I'm am to do to fix this?

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated,

Computer system specs:

* Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
* Model: Dimension XPS

Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 3)

* Version: 5.1.2600
* Build Number: 2600
* Install Date: 17/10/2009
* Install Directory: C:\WINDOWS
* Locale: English (en) - United States (US)
* DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)


* Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
* Model: 0U7084 (v )


* Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
* Model: A03
* Release Date: 11/10/2004


1. Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.46GHz (GenuineIntel)
* Max clock speed: 3.46 GHz
* Socket: Microprocessor
* Version: Model 2, Stepping 5


* Total Current Physical Memory: 2.00 GB
* Total Current Virtual Memory: 2.00 GB
* Maximum Memory Capacity: 4.00 GB
* Memory Devices:
1. Type: SDRAM - Speed: 533 MHz - Capacity: 1.00 GB
2. Type: SDRAM - Speed: 533 MHz - Capacity: 1.00 GB

Video Devices

1. NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
* Resolution: 1280 x 1024
* Colour Depth: 32 Bits
* Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

Sound Devices:

1. Creative Audigy Audio Processor (WDM)

Physical Disk Drives

1. WDC WD2500JD-75HBB0
* Size: 232.83 GB
* Number of Partitions: 3


Logical Disks

1. A:
* Disk Type: 3 1/2 Inch Floppy Drive
* File System:
* Capacity: 0.00 GB
* Free Space: 0.00 GB
2. C: Main Hard Drive
* Disk Type: Local Fixed Disk
* File System: NTFS
* Capacity: 230.03 GB
* Free Space: 143.51 GB
3. D:
* Disk Type: CD-ROM Disc
* File System:
* Capacity: 0.00 GB
* Free Space: 0.00 GB
4. E:
* Disk Type: CD-ROM Disc
* File System:
* Capacity: 0.00 GB
* Free Space: 0.00 GB

Page Files:

1. c:\pagefile.sys
* Initial Size: 4.00 GB
* Current Size: 4.00 GB
* Maximum Size: 4.00 GB
* File System: NTFS

Optical Drives

2. _NEC DVD+-RW ND-3450A - E:


1. Microsoft XPS Document Writer (port: XPSPort:)
2. Fax (port: SHRFAX:)
3. Dell Laser Printer 1710 (port: USB003)

Network Adapters

1. Linksys WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter #3 - Packet Scheduler Miniport
* IP Address: 192.168.XXX.XXX
* Default Gateway:
* Subnet Mask:
* Primary DNS:
2. Linksys WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter #3 - Packet Scheduler Miniport
* IP Address: 192.168.XXX.XXX
* Default Gateway:
* Subnet Mask:
* Primary DNS:

Security Software

* Anti-Virus
1. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 4.0 (ESET, spol. s r. o.)
* Firewall

* inferred from RAM speed
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Is their anyone on this site, geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!
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The below will not work if you have only the Recovery cd for your Dell system. You will need to borrow a XP cd with the same type you have on your system (Home, Pro or Media).

If you have Windows CD...

1. Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD and assure that your CD-ROM drive is capable of booting the CD.
2. Once you have booted from CD, do NOT select the option that states: Press F2 to initiate the Automated System Recovery (ASR) tool.
You’re going to proceed until you see the following screen, at which point you will press the “R” key to enter the recovery console:

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3. After you have selected the appropriate option from step two, you will be prompted to select a valid Windows installation (typically number “1″).
Select the installation number, and hit Enter.
If there is an administrator password for the administrator account, enter it and hit Enter (if asked for the password, and you don't know it, you're out of luck).
You will be greeted with this screen, which indicates a recovery console at the ready:

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4. There are eight commands you must enter in sequence to repair any of the issues I noted in the opening of this guide.
I will introduce them here, and then show the results graphically in the next six steps.
NOTE. Make sure, you press Enter after each command. Make sure, all commands are exact, including "spaces".
These commands are as follows:

ATTRIB -H C:\\boot.ini
ATTRIB -S C:\\boot.ini
ATRIB -R C:\\boot.ini
del boot.ini
BOOTCFG /Rebuild

Note about the above command.
BOOTCFG /REBUILD command which searches for pre-existing installations of Windows XP and rebuilds sundry essential components of the Windows operating system, recompiles the BOOT.INI file and corrects a litany of common Windows errors.
It is very important that you do one or both of the following two things:
A.) Every Windows XP owner must use /FASTDETECT as OS Load Option when the rebuild process is finalizing.
B.) If you are the owner of a CPU featuring Intel’s XD or AMD’s NX buffer overflow protection, you must also use /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN as an OS Load Option.
For the Enter Load Identifier portion of this command, you should enter the name of the operating system you have installed.
If, for example, you are using Windows XP Home, you could type Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for the identifier (it's not crucial, however what the name is, as long, as it's meaningful).
Here is your computer screen:

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5. Following command verifies the integrity of the hard drive containing the Windows XP installation. While this step is not an essential function in our process, it’s still good to be sure that the drive is physically capable of running windows, in that it contains no bad sectors or other corruptions that might be the culprit:


6. This last command writes a new boot sector to the hard drive and cleans up all the loose ends we created by rebuilding the BOOT.INI file and the system files. When the Windows Recovery Console asks you if you are Sure you want to write a new bootsector to the partition C: ? just hit “Y”, then Enter to confirm your decision:


7. It’s time to reboot your PC by typing
and pressing Enter.

With any luck, your PC will boot successfully into Windows XP as if your various DLL, Hive, EXE and NTLDR errors never existed.

2. If you don't have Windows CD...
Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso
Download, and install free Imgburn: http://www.imgburn.c...hp?act=download
Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...let it finish loading.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Then, follow instructions from Step #3 above.

Thanks To Broni For The Instructions
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Try a manual installation: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en
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Windows repair fail very often and you can consider yourself lucky if only windows updates is not working.

Please insert the XP disk that you have and click Exit when the program open. Click Start > Run. Type sfc /scannow (note the space between c and /) and click Enter. Let the process run to the end (at the end the dialog box just disappear).

If, after that, windows updates is still not working, run dial-a-fix again. Check WU/Windows updates and then click GO.
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