Question about Gateway 310 Series (158920) PC Desktop
After having corrupted and missing files, i want to reinstall windows xp on my computer. i boot from the original windows xp cd, but it wont let me reinstall. the first time i tried to repair windows because i didnt want to lose my files, but i canceled it because i was scared it was doing a full system restore. but now i want to reinstall a fresh copy of windows, and it wont let me. it continues with the repair windows where i left off the last time. when i try to do the repair windows i get a bunch of popups saying files are missing, do i want to skip retry or exit. i've tried "retry" but still a no go, so i tried "skip" but i just end up getting another popup, and so on. eventually it wont successfully install. when i try to do a manual restore after booting from cd, i get a dyos.sys missing. or something like that, and it wont let me continue. any help someone?
NOTE: Before proceeding, make sure all necessary backups are completed.
* Insert the Windows XP Reinstallation CD into the top CD drive
* Remove any external devices from the computer: (except the mouse & keyboard) printer, scanner, camera, joystick
* Configure your computer to boot to the top CD\DVD\CD-R -RW\DVD+R +RW drive
- Restart the system
- When the logo screen appears, press the [F2] key to enter the System Setup program
- Press the [Down Arrow] key on your keyboard to highlight Boot Sequence
- [press Enter] to display the available boot devices
- Press the [Up Arrow] key or the [Down Arrow] key to highlight IDE CD-ROM Device
- Press the [plus +] key or the [minus -] key on the keyboard to move IDE CD-ROM Device to the TOP of the list
- Press the [ESC] key
- Press the [ESC] key to Save Changes and Exit
- When you are prompted to Save changes and exit now, [press Enter]
* Your system will now boot to the Windows XP CD that you had inserted into the CD drive
* The following message appears: Press any key to boot from the CD
* Press the [Spacebar] to boot to the Windows XP CD. The Windows XP Setup screen appears
* [press Enter]to setup Windows. The Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen appears
* Press the [F8] key to accept the license agreement. The partitioning screen appears
* If the hard drive is already partitioned (this is most common), [press Enter]to continue.
* If the hard drive partitions are not listed or detected, you will need to create a partition on the hard drive. Press the [C] key and then follow the on-screen prompts to create a partition. If you are unsure which settings to select, you may want to use the default selections that are displayed
* If your hard drive already contains a copy of a Windows operating system, a Caution screen appears. Press the [C] key to continue. The format options screen appears:
- Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)
- Format the partition using the FAT file system (Quick)
- Format the partition using the NTFS file system
- Format the partition using the FAT file system
- Leave the current file system in place (no changes)
* Dell recommends that you select the first option since that is how we shipped it from the factory
* Choose "Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)", then [press Enter]. The Caution screen appears if you select to format the hard drive
* Press the [F] key to format the hard drive. The setup program will now copy files to your system. This will take several minutes, please wait. After the files have been copied, a message appears and notifies you that the computer will be restarted
* Press the [Enter] key to restart the computer or a timer will count down and restart the computer automatically
* When the computer restarts, the following message appears: Press any key to boot from the CD. Do NOT press any keys!!!
* The Windows XP Setup window appears. Many devices will be detected during this process. This will take several minutes, please wait
* Once this process is completed, the Regional and Language Options window appears
* Click Next
* The Personalize Your Software window appears.
* In the Name: field, type your name. Optionally, you may type your organization's name into the Organization: field
* Click Next
* If you are installing Windows XP Home Edition, the "What's your computer's name" window appears
* Click Next to accept the default selections
* If you are installing Windows XP Professional: The Computer Name and Administrator Password window appears
* Type a name for this computer in the Computer Name: field (or you may accept the default). Type a password in the Administrator Password: field and then type the same password in the Confirm Password: field. Click Next to continue.
NOTE: If you have a modem installed in your computer, you may be prompted to type the area code for your location.
* The Date and Time Settings window appears. Click to select the appropriate time zone for your location from the Time Zone field
* Click Next
* Depending upon your network configuration, you may be prompted for additional information regarding your network card (such as the domain name and workgroup name). If you are unsure of these settings, contact your Network Administrator or accept the default selections. After all hardware has been detected and the files have been copied to the hard drive, the system will restart. When the computer restarts, the following message appears: Press any key to boot from the CD. Do NOT press any keys!!!
* Once the Desktop appears, eject/remove the black Operating System Reinstallation CD from the top CD\DVD\CD-R -RW\DVD+R +RW drive
* You may be prompted for user information. Type the name of any additional users that will be using the computer
* Click Next to continue
After installing the operating system, you need to install the drivers and software for the system.
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
Actually you can reinstall your xp system but this you can't, why:
your windows xp system are being updated every month...
the version from original system are being extracted to a new version....
by this time reformat you hard disk...
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Below is a listing of the full error message that may be related to this error.
Windows NT could not start because the below file is missing or corrupt:
This issue has also been known to be caused by a short in the ground wire in the keyboard cable. Make sure this is not the cause of your error by replacing the keyboard with a different keyboard or just disconnecting the keyboard from the computer.
Before trying any of the below recommendations it's recommend that you load the last known good configuration.
Corrupt boot.ini file
This issue is often caused when the boot.ini is missing or improperly configured. This issue often arises after a user has recently added or removed an operating system on the computer or added or removed hard disk drives in the computer.
Make sure the line pointing to the operating system and its drive and partition is properly configured in the [boot loader] and [operating systems] section.
Missing boot.ini file
Microsoft Windows XP users:
If the boot.ini is severely corrupted or missing a user running Microsoft Windows XP can rebuild the boot.ini to resolve this issue.
Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 users:
To restore the original boot.ini file in Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000 you will need an ERD and follow the below steps. If you do not have an ERD you will be unable to follow these steps.
Missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe file
If the ntoskrnl.exe file is corrupt or missing this can also generate the error. To restore this file follow the below steps.
Windows NT installed on a partition bigger then 7.8GB
If you are running Microsoft windows NT 4.0 on a partition larger than 7.8GB this issue can occur if the boot files are located outside this limitation. When this error occurs your computer will have the error message as shown below.
OS Loader v4.01
Disk I/O error status=00000001
Windows NT could not start because the below file is missing or corrupt: winnt\system32\Ntoskrnl.exe
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.
If your system partition is larger than 7.8GB you will need to delete the partition and recreate the partition to 7.8GB or less. Additional information about this issue can be found on Microsoft KB Q224526.
Corrupted hard disk drive or severely corrupted Windows
If after trying all of the above steps you are still encountering the same issue it's likely that Windows is severely corrupted and it is recommended you reinstall Windows.
Finally, if during the Windows installation you encounter errors it's likely that your hard disk drive is bad.
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