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Tried to do a repair using chkdsk but unable to get to c:\windows

The screen only shows
tried to do cd c:\windows
no can do

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Hi why dont you do it the other way which opsytem are you using

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Ntldr compressed

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no idea at all what your are attempting I guess new OS?
what OS is there now.
what disk are you using
HP install media CD?
MS same
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why put cash or hard labor in any thing this old
go to Goodwill store, buy a $20 PC with Windows 7 COA sticker on the side, then do labor, on something with a future,
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Nov 18, 2017 | HP Pavilion a735w (PL308AAR) PC Desktop


Install the Windows Recovery Console using the i386 folder

Most preinstalled Windows that have the OEM Licence on non-removable sticker on the base unit will already have the i386 folder in the correct place you can check this using regedit OR copy and edit this to setup.reg change the SourcePath as described. This location is also where you can change the service pack paths if you don't feel confident using regedit why not use RegistrarLite a freeware version to help you with your bookmarking and regedits you can copy and paste this text and make your own reg file OR download this tweak below from HERE


First you will need to copy the i386 folder from a slipstreamed XPSP3 boot CD to the primary boot drive C: it will take up about 500MB of your drive using the %windir% will autoselect the windows install folder type


Also you will need to change the registry to tell the DOS that he new location of these files if you installed Windows from a CD then this will show the D: drive

If you have created a streamlined slipstream CD using RVM Integrator or nLite then you may have removed certain folders like the WINNTUPG folder to save space. If this is the case then you will need a full copy of the slipstreamed folder to make this work this is a screen dump of what you need to see in order for this process to work correctly


If you see the following window this means that the i386 folder that you are using is of the incorrect service pack if you are using SP3 check the WIN51IC file in the root folder if the file extension is SP2 and you are using SP3 then you will get this window before it attempts an online update.


It it does connect to the Windows Update server to find the latest version to update this is normal make sure that you have an internet connection and that your copy is licensed if any files on the i386 folder are missing or incorrect it will tell you that the data is invalid setup was unable to build a list of the files to be copied.


When you have installed the Recovery Console it changes your boot.ini file and adds the option to enter this from the Boot menu.


If the i386 folders files are not found you will see these two windows until this is sorted this is what you might get with a stripped slipstream image or folder especially if you have removed the WINNTUPG folder that contains the files NETUPGRD.DLL and the NETMAP.INF files you should at least keep these two for the installer to work correctly



The Recovery Console can also be created as a BootCD using the Microsoft floppy disc set of 6 download this from here

The site below that can be downloaded as a PDF for $5 is an excellent set of step by step instructions how to get the most out of the much unused but excellent way of repairing dead operating systems and also how to remove the Console restrictions to get the full use out of the capacities of the Recovery Console can be expanded with four "set" commands. The first allows access to all files and folders on the main system.

  • set AllowAllPaths = true
  • set AllowRemovableMedia = true
  • set AllowWildCards = true
  • set NoCopyPrompt = true

This command is without question the one to learn over all others chkdsk C: /r this can also be used in the normal windows boot and is sometimes needed before Ghost images are created see THIS tip for information

on Mar 23, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Trying to recover my hp pavilion a735w with cd. get to screen where i choose os to recover. I have 1 H; minint 2 H: i386 and 3 C: windows. I have a compressed ntldr error and was able to copy ntldr fr

this could be an indicator of a damaged hard drive. It can also be caused by not booting from the CD itself. ensure your booting from the CD. if you are, it appears that the file structure on your harddrive is damaged and needs to be replaced..

check your user manual for booting from the cd, its usually pressing F9 when the system boots (where it ask you to press del to enter setup, you can also enter the setup and set the first boot device as CD.

Dec 27, 2012 | HP Pavilion a735w (PL308AAR) PC Desktop

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Bootmgr is missing

are u use windows xp?
try to boot you computer from OS cd then choose option to (r) repair in first screen you os cd option.
then choose c/windows
in command promt type fixboot and enterthen type y for confirmation
after that type chkdsk /rthen enterwait until you system running chkdsk then restart your pc.

if not successful...

reinstall your windows without format..

Nov 05, 2012 | Advent 4211c Notebook

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HAL.DLL is missing or corrupted, xp doesn't boot

If you can enter safe mode, run the command prompt as administrator. Enter the command: sfc /scan now

Then hit enter. It should replace missing files or repair corrupt files. It is a lengthy scanning of every file on the computer. Chkdsk would NOT replace a missing file.

.If you can not boot XP, change the boot setup to boot a CD/DVD at startup by entering the BIOS before windows pops up with a loading screen (rather than the hard drive) and have it boot a CD/DVD or USB that you have burned/installed Reimage upon. That is a commercial product. Check it out at MajorGeeks or its own website. Alternatively, take a look at method 3 on this page:

May 29, 2017 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional...

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HAL.DLL is missing or corrupted, xp doesn't boot

if it was running for more than 30 hours, it wasn't doing much. You can try copying hal.dll off of a known, good-working XP pc, and replace it with the one on your broken PC. It's better if you extract it from i386 folder but grabbing it from another pc should work fine.

Aug 09, 2012 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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NTLDR is missing problem

NTLDR is NT Loader program and corrupted or missing NTLDR will not allow you to boot up.

Keep your Operating system Bootable CD ready and boot your computer with CDROM. Follow below instructions to repair NTLDR

1. In Windows XP Setup menu press "R" to repair
2. It will show you windows to login (1. Windows )
press 1 and provide administrator user id and password.
3. one in command prompt you have to copy paste NTLDR file from cdrom to c:\ type the following command
Your cd drive letter you need to figure out. Here I am taking it as d:\
or make sure you below command runs by changing drive letter if not able to determine CD drive letter

copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\

Restart the computer and it should work.

Else, again boot from CD ignore Repair option to go in recovery console, and hit enter. It will show you the agreement . Press F8 to accept . Next screen will show you option to repair to continue to fresh installation.
Here press "R" to repair. Not sit back it will take time to repair complete system.

Hope this helps

Jun 10, 2010 | Compaq Armada M700 Notebook

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HTLDR is missing

It's NTLDR. Your system is unable to boot your operating system. now do this following steps:
1. Insert the Windows CD and start the computer.
2. When the Welcome to Setup screen appears,           press R.
3. Type a number corresponding to the Windows           installation you wish to repair (usually 1) and press     Enter.
4. When prompted, type the administrator password       and press Enter.
5.  From the command prompt, copy NTLDR and            NTDETECT.COM from the i386 folder of the CD to      the root folder of the hard drive. In the example          commands given below, C: is the hard drive and        D: is the CD-ROM drive. You will need to change        the drive letters if appropriate:
     COPY D:\I386\NTLDR C:\
6.  Remove the Windows XP CD from the drive and          restart the computer.

Jun 08, 2010 | Gateway 835GM (835GH) PC Desktop

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You can get the new dll from here...just follow the link & this will fix the problem :)

Mar 22, 2009 | HP Media Center PC 873n (P9875A#ABA) PC...

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First go to recovery console. try this command after the command prompt. CD system32\drivers\ Enter Last line should be: C:\windows\system32\drivers> then... Expand the file from the CD. expand d:\i386\ntfs.in_ or expand d:\i386\ntfs.sy_ if this doesnt work try to run CHKDSK /R. if you get any error while running checkdisk repair you will need a hard drive replacement.

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