Ntoskrnl.exe corrupt or missing

By radicalgel
Apr 17, 2008
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  1. Hey guys,

    Windows has been throwing an error saying that the file c:/windows/system32/ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupt. This happens every now and then during booting and it usually happens when the computer has been off for a while and is then turned on. I have tried the following but with no luck:

    1) Replaced the ntoskrnl.exe file with a new copy from the win xp cd (NTOSKRNL.EX_)
    2) Replaced the pci.sys file with a new copy from the win xp cd (PCI.SY_)
    3) Ran a chkdsk with repairs
    4) Replaced my old keyboard with a new one

    None of these have worked so I hope someone here can please help me!

    When I get this error I usually restart the PC and boot with "Last known good config" option and it works fine but this only helps till the next shutdown and restart. :((
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,020   +83 Staff Member

  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +34

    From Windows IT Pro:
    See if these steps help resolve the problem.
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