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Windows XP won't boot...missing/corrupt start up files


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Gerry

I am assuming that you want me to type R at the first set up screen, NOT press enter and go into setup and then R (repair) in the second setup screen.

Once I do press the R in the first set up screen and I get the D:\windows...(note..this did NOT say c:) is that where I will type
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chkdsk /r
<enter>

Let it run, could take a loooong time

Reboot. Work?

If no, then type

fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0

Reboot

Work? If no, type

fixboot c:

reboot

If no, post back.
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Yes...

type
chkdsk c: /r
, though
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chkdsk c: /r
, though

What does ,though mean??
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I'm pretty sure it's correcting chkdsk /r in post 16 to chkdsk c: /r
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Thank you Keith...are there any other places in his advice where I should be adding the C:??
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Not that I can see
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I will run that when I get home from work...do you think these may work?
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Good question and you will have to forgive my ignoring it as I am not familiar with the technique but Gerry would not have suggested it to you if he didn't feel confident about it being succesful

Looking at post 16 where it shows D: and not C: then adding the c: to give chkdsk c: /r will make sure it is directed to do C and not attempt D
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right, it may work...

Keith has found something else that I am trying to decipher and we may try that next....but this first.
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Guys...I think we are done and we lost the battle....
I put in my cd rom and it said to click any key to boot from the CD

Next screen said that windows is inspecting my hardware configuration for set up. Then, it stops

Now, I dont' even get the set up screen...just that gray screen. I waited for 15 minutes...just gray screen...no set-up screen...nothing.

Should I throw my hard drive, with all of my pictures, music...my life...into the trash?

Frustruated in St. Louis
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Get a new hard drive, install windows to that and then we can look at getting the data off this drive
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I have a second hard drive already installed in my machine... It is small, and pretty full, but if it can help I can hook it up as the master...

would this disk help? http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Mike
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To clear the second drive before you install it as the master?
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I was kind of hoping that I could use that ultimate disk on the "bad" hard drive to see if I could repair it.

I just spoke with my IT guy at work. He is gonna give me a hard drive with windows XP loaded onto it and that way we can try to salvage my valuble files...does that sound like a good plan?
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Sounds like the easiest and quickest but you may get a problem with the version of XP recognising the components in your PC because XP notes details of where it is being installed, so you cannot load the same copy to multiple machines
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