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Windows XP, MBR Grief


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Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Here's the screen shot;

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OK I take it you want to delete that other partition and stretch the C partition out all the way correct?
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Hi,

Anything would be an improvement as the space is currently inaccessible. If it could be deleted without ill effect (enlarging C:), that would be fine. If it remained as a separate partition, with an accessible drive letter, that would be fine too. If nothing could be done, that's also ok (just annoying).

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Open compmgmt.msc and right click on the partition.
Click on [bdelete[/b]
Now right click on C partition and then click on expand.
You should be able to expand it to the full capacity.
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Deleted the partition. Area became unallocated.
I must be selectively blind because I couldn't find 'expand' anywhere (XP SP3).
I selected the option to create a new partition (M:). All Windows utilities and software applications recognize it so I'm happy!

Curious thing though, via the Recovery CD M: is mapped to H:. Moot point I guess, at least it's there. Launching CHKDSK still immediately results in the blue screen:

STOP: c0000139 {Entry Point Not Found}
The procedure entry point LdrSetMUICacheType could not be located in the dynamic link library ntdll.dll.

I don't know if this is a serious issue or not. I don't intend, hopefully, to spend a lot of time booting off the CD and Windows error checking seems to run smoothly.
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Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload, and post download link.


If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!


Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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Unfortunately PC pre-configured so I don't have the XP CD.
Used regedit and changed the sourcepath to C: and restarted the computer.
After the sixth request for the CD (Are you sure you want to bypass this file?) I cancelled out.
Then I double-checked the registry to make sure I'd actually changed the source (yes).

Should the sourcepath be C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles or ...? Should I hunt for the XP CD (not such an easy task as asking the question)?
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The cd would be optimal to have but I understand you not having one or can't get one.
I suggested this step as a way to fix the file system and replace any corrupted or missing files that could be causing the chkdsk error.
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Got the XP CD, reset the registry and ran sfc /scannow
The application did its duties then disappeared so, per your message, I assume it didn't find anything bad. (???)
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It ould have replaced or repaired anything on the go. Does chkdsk run now?
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I just checked. Nope, the same blue screen lock-up.
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How is the system running other then the chkdsk now?
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The computer is running great!
Just for interest, running CHKDSK from the Windows CMD prompt was a complete success. The M: partition is M: (not H:, as in Recovery) etc. etc.
I have no idea what the intrinsic differences are between the Recovery cmd prompt and Windows cmd prompt but, in any case, the glitch discussed above doesn't seem to be affecting Windows performance at all.
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Windows command prompt as in
Start
Run
chkdsk
Enter
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