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<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe. no disc or d

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Hello, my name is Valerie. When I try to start my computer i get and error reading.....file is missing or corrupt.....
<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.

I do not have the XP disc one did not come with my computer and even if I did I could not use it as my cd drive is broken. Can this problem be corrected without the disc? ie. can I use a usb pen drive to boot the computer or perhaps an external hard drive.

Using a functioning laptop, I have already burned xp_rec_con.iso. to a disc using imgburn as recommended but as my dvd drive doesn't work I can't use it.

Thanks for any help

Edited by Valeriejbardini, 01 October 2012 - 03:56 AM.

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Hello and welcome to GeeksToGo.
My name is SGC.

With a valid XP installation disc, this problem
would be relatively simple to fix.

can I use a usb pen drive to boot the computer or perhaps an external hard drive.

In order to boot from a "usb pen drive" or an external
hard drive
, your system's BIOS would have to have the
option of booting from USB.

my cd drive is broken

You do mean "broken", right? Or do you mean the system
won't boot from the CD/DVD when inserted in the drive?

If you could somehow get a new CD/DVD drive for your
system, that would make things a lot less complicated.
Then you just have to set the BIOS to boot
from CD/DVD and then using the disc you already burned,
we could get you into the recovery console. Just a few
steps from there and you should be all set.

What make/model is your system?

:ph34r: SGC :ph34r:

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