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I have a IBM thinkpad that say at start up the following message. windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt. \system32\ntoskrnl.exe. please reinstall a copy of the above file. It was fine one day and the next morning this is what I was getting. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

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  • Kayla408 Nov 30, 2008

    yes but I don't have a XP cd this is a used computer and I never got one. I am not very computer smart and this is very frustating to me. what do I do now?

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Assuming that you are using Windows XP, the easiest solution would be to boot from your XP cd and do a system repair. Please let me know if you need more info on how to do this.

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    Graeme van Malsen Nov 30, 2008

    Have you tried starting in safe mode? Do do this, switch on your thinkpad and press F8 continuously until you get a menue with various options. One of these options is to boot in safe mode. Select this option and and start in safe mode. Once your thinkpad has booted into Windows, click on start, then all programs, accessories, system tools, system restore. Restore your system to an earlier date by selecting a date on the displayed calender when your computer was still working okay.
    If by doing a system restore in safe mode does not solve your problem, you will have to obtain a Windows xp cd in order to sort the problem out.
    I hope this helps to solve your crisis.


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Best Method would be this one, if you have the Windows Disk.

Use the Bootcfg utility in the Recovery Console to correct the Boot.ini file: 1. Use the Windows XP CD-ROM to start your computer. 2. When you receive the message to press R to repair Windows by using the Recovery Console, press the R key. 3. Select the Windows installation that you want, and then type the administrator password when prompted. 4. Type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. 5. When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed: Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
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Enter Load Identifier:
[This is the name of the operating system. Type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition.]

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[Leave this field blank, and then press ENTER]. After you perform the preceding steps, restart the computer, and then select the first item on the boot menu. This should allow Windows XP to start normally.

After Windows XP has successfully loaded, the Boot.ini can be modified to remove the incorrect entry.

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