Sidenote: I just installed all windows updates leading up to SP2. When I restarted, I had to reinstall/replace 5 dll/exe/nls files before I ran into the autochk problem. Do I even have HotFix KB824105??
As for circumventing the "autochk not found" error, I've tried many things in RC: Expanding a autochk.exe file in my windows\system32 folder, running chkdsk /r and /p. as well as trying to start windows in safe mode, which ends abruptly after about 15 things load.
Since my computer is a Vaio notebook, it came pre-partitioned with the XP CD on a hidden partition. Upon trying to use the recovery utility, it made this partition visible, changing the order of my drives, however this has had no effects on the RC functions, but has made it so windows does not load, instead going directly to the Recovery Utility, where it waits for my recover CD's, of which I have 7 of 8 (missing the first one...).
Secondary question: If I use the windows CD I have now to reinstall XP on my C partition, can I somehow access the "hidden" partiton with my sony XP on it and have it reformat/reinstall with that version? I have free software etc that came with the computer that I would like to have rather than having to rebuy it all!
any help would be of great service!