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How can I fix an unmountable boot volume error without a Windows XP disc?

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This error means The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted :
to fix this problem you need the windows disc to repair the windows follow these staeps to fix the problem :

1.Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3.If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.

4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.

6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

If the above process fails to restore the system then in the number

5 step use fixboot command instead of the chkdsk /r command.

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