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Windows Failed to load because Kernel file is missing, or corrupt

Recently, my hard drive wouldn't load because a system32 file was missing so I tried reinstalling my windows vista OS onto the hard drive. When the installation process gets to the part where the computer restarts and windows has to load for the first time it says that "Windows Failed to load because Kernel file is missing, or corrupt" any ideas on what I should do?

Also, another problem is I just bought a new Seagate 320GB hard drive and it was working great for a week then I turned on my computer with that hard drive in and it says that no internal HDD can be found. I reseated it and everything. Even tried putting it in a freezer for a while to get the disk running and everything. Please help!

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  • bostianz May 17, 2009

    It's the same computer, but two different HDDs.

    The HDD with the "windows failed to load because the kernel file is missing" is a year old dell harddrive that came with the laptop.

    The seagate HDD is a new one I bought a week ago to replace the old dell HDD, but now the segate one isn't being detected by my computer, and the seagate harddrive makes a beeping noise when I insert it and turn the computer on.


  • bostianz May 17, 2009

    2GB Ram
    180GB HDD (the one with the kernel file error)
    Windows Vista OS
    AMD video card

    uhm idk what else to add


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Are you talking about two problems on one computer? If so, the first problem doesn't matter until the second one is fixed. If you are talking about two different computers, then the problems can be each addressed.

For the hard drive that is not recognized, where did it come from? If you purchased it used, you may be out of luck. It sounds like you have a pretty good idea how computers work, and it also sounds like this hard drive does not work at all.

If these are both the same computer, then replacing the hard drive with a known working hard drive will most likely provide you with a solution.

I wish I had better news for you.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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    tony price May 17, 2009

    What are the specs of the Dell computer?

  • tony price
    tony price May 19, 2009

    Well, I wonder if today is better for you...computers can be such a hassle.



    On many new computers, Dell's too, which run windows Vista, there is a setting in the BIOS which needs to be turned on or off during the installation procedure. this could be your problem.



    However, I am better at "hands on" with this type of problem. You will have to enter the bios and look for ACPI, or SATA functions and change them, one at a time (that is, change one, try to reinstall the OS, if it doens't work, change it back and change another one) until the OS installs properly.



    It seems like a short answer, but it is probably a couple days of work.



    As for the 320 GB hard drive, it could be that it has experienced a failure. Is it possible to connect it to any other machine, perhaps as a slave, and test it? seagate has some nice down-loadable testing software. Or, if you purchased it new, the software for testing may have come with it. Based on what your are saying, I cannot be optimistic about that seagate.



    good luck.

    tony

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Thanks alot vishal i did what u said and it worked ..... life saver

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SOURCE: Windows Failed to load because Kernel file is missing

try pressing f8 when you load vista and then select start normally
if that doest not work and gives you the same error then restart and press F12 as soon as you see the dell logo, put in the vista installation disk that you got with the laptop and select boot with disk option.

try and repair or the recovery option .

NOTE : IT IS RECOMMENDED TO TAKE BACK UP OF YOUR FILES BEFORE USING THE RECOVERY OPTION .

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