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file is missing or corrupt: \sestem32\ntoskrnl.exe.

By Barbeyd
May 9, 2007
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  1. Hello,

    I had a problem with a virus so I reinstalled win XP Pro. Then before installing or running any programs I ran AVG Virus software and remove the virus. Then installed the basic peripheral software and everything was working great.
    I shut down the PC and remove the ATI 7500 Video card to look for the SN#.
    Next I replaced the video card and booted the PC.
    That’s when I got this error – Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\sestem32\ntoskrnl.exe.
    Please reinstall a copy of the above file.

    Using a readntfs boot disk I got to the A: prompt. When I tried to go to the C: drive from the A: prompt I got this message: Drive C: not responding out of internal memory. I tried using the six floppy disk windows XP setup but it would always stop (freeze) on the third or forth floppy disk.

    I tried one more time to get to the C: drive from the A: prompt, got the same message: Drive C: not responding out of internal memory.
    So I thought to try and see if the D: drive is there and got the same message D: drive not responding out of internal memory.

    So if the C: prompt is not responding I can’t copy the missing ntoskrnl.exe to the C: drive

    20 gb Maxtor alone on the IDE 1 slot for the OS.
    Drive D: is on the IDE 2 slot
    And I have two other drives on PCI IDE card

    I hope this is enough and not too much, thanks.
  2. mosaddique

    mosaddique TS Rookie

    I have had this happen to me (I think it was after defrag).

    I booted up with the XP CD into recovery mode and then ran chkdsk /r
    It appeared to solve my problem though I am not sure what happened and why this fixed it.

    It is worth a try.
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