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Question about Re-installing Windows 2000 Pro

Hello -- My mother's PC has been running for 2 years with Windows 2000 Pro, but after doing some maintenance (disk defragmenting, disk cleanup) it suddenly got the message that "Files that are required for Windows to run properly have been replaced by unregnized versions. To maintain system stability, Windows must restore the original version of these files. Insert your Windows 2000 Professional CD now." Unfortunately she couldn't locate the software. At first it seemed to still be working okay, so I told her not to turn it off while I bought a new copy of Windows for her. In the meantime, the PC stopped opening files, saying it didn't have enough space to perform any of the functions. Tonight I put in the new Windows 2000 Pro CD, and it said "The file D:\i386\WINNT32li.DLL could not be loaded or is corrupt. Set up cannot continue."

I suspect that the operating system will need to be completely reloaded at this point. Am I right? I'd rather not have to do that, since it will mean losing everything that's on there. How do I go about doing that? Can I turn off the PC and reboot it? Is there a command that tells it to rewrite overtop of the bad Windows 2000 version currently on there with the new version on the disk?

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Question about Re-installing Windows 2000 Pro

It sounds like you have a decent chance of being able to reinstall Windows back over itself. Here is a link to a website that walks you through the entire process:

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