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Embedded Windows XP crash after boot (Resolved)

windows xp chkdsk autochk

Best Answer uptown47 , 06 January 2016 - 08:21 AM

Thanks for your help. I've just managed to solve this issue in the last 20 minutes or so. My issue was that when chkdsk was asking for the path to autochk I had the slashes the wrong way aroun... Go to the full post »


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Hi all,

 

My work has a big TV screen that has information sent to it from a PC that runs Embedded Windows XP.

 

When the system boots up it goes through the motions, the black Windows XP splash screen briefly appears, then it redraws the screen as though windows is just about to start (mouse icon appears) but instead a message box appears with the title "winlogon.exe - Corrupt File".

 

And the text within the message says (something like) "The file or directory C:\Windows\AppPatch is corrupt or unreadable. Please run the Checkdisk utility."

 

I don't have the original disks but made a bootable USB disk from another copy of Windows XP (not 'embedded' just a normal copy?). I then booted from this and went into Recovery Console in order to try and run checkdisk.

 

When I typed chkdsk c: /r I got a message saying that "autochk.exe couldn't be located so please type in the full path to autochk".

 

I found autochk inside C:/Windows/System32/autochk.exe so typed that in as the path but it still said it couldn't be found?

(I also tried just typing C:/Windows/System32/ but to no avail).

 

I was tempted to try 'fixboot' or 'fixmbr' but I'm not 100% sure what these do and whether they would fix anything bearing in mind that the operating system does look like it's trying to start.

 

So.......... I'm stuck. So I thought I would ask the experts :-)

 

Anyone got any ideas?

 

Thanks for all/any help you can give me.

 

John :-)


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You can't run autochk from the command line.  I think you need

chkdsk  c: /f

Probably need to find the right drive letter since it may not be c:  See if

diskpart 

works for you.


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Thanks for your help. I've just managed to solve this issue in the last 20 minutes or so.

 

My issue was that when chkdsk was asking for the path to autochk I had the slashes the wrong way around.

 

I was putting C:/WINDOWS.... instead C:\WINDOWS !

 

It ran chkdsk. There were a few errors and it repaired them. Now back up and running.

 

Thanks again :-)


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