easier said than done :rolleyes: Hello there! I just came from topic #74955 but alas, no success. I have a Thinkpad 45 and it is a stange machine. I have no clue what version of XP is installed and i don't know how to find out. I tried typing Expand d:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ C:\Windows\System32 but got an error. I tried putting a copy of ntoskrnl.exe on a usb drive and typed Expand e:\ntoskrnl.ex_ C:\Windows\System32 but the directory wasn't found or something. I ran chkdsk /r it went for about an hour and got stuck at 52% and says "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable files" When restarted it, it was knocking like a grandfather clock.