Windows fails to boot.

By gohalos35
Jan 14, 2008
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  1. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    The system cannot find the file or directory specified.
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Do you have your windows product key, 25 digits in sets of 5?
  3. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    for the disc yeah.
  4. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    it told me earlier that the ntldr file was missing
  5. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    ok, well that was the error part of trial and error. Looks like its time for repair install. Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system! However, the system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (network & performance settings may sometimes be reset to their defaults). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP as well. When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.

    Also note that system files becoming corrupt is sometimes a result of malicious software and this repair install isn't removing everything off of your drive so the malicious software could still be present so after you are up and running I recommend that you run through the malware removal steps here on the forums, I will provide a link after we get you back on track.

    restart your computer.

    instead of pressing R this time press enter

    press the F8 key to continue from license agreement

    Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

    If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

    Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

    Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, and have your CD-KEY ready if needed.

    a Repair Install will leave your system vulnerable. You can get infected within seconds. Do not go on line until you have enabled XP's firewall first.

    Then run Windows Update!
  6. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    no previous windows installations were found... yay.
  7. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    um, its telling me to insert my NT, Me or some other kind of windows install disc to ensure that i qualify for the upgrade....
  8. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    thats right after i accept the EULA
  9. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Did you select fresh copy?
  10. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    i never got to taht option.. i hit enter to install it, the eula pops up i hit f8 then it tells me to insert my old disc
  11. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Is this XP disk an upgrade version to upgrade from 98 or 2k to XP?
     
  12. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    not that i know of... its not the xp disc that came with the computer because that one doesnt exist... i have an old win Me disc in the garage, not sure if i could just put that in to make it work.
  13. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    It sounds like it wants you to boot from that then upgrade to XP

    I can give you a link to download and burn a bootable XP cd then you can just use your product key if you want, or you can try installing ME then upgrading.

    What I am wondering is how did you install XP, Did you ever have ME on this mahcine? Did you ever dual-boot 2 OS's?
  14. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    i never had anything but xp on this comp.. came that way... link to the bootable xp cd would be good.
  15. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    OK, first do just like before hitting f8 at the EULA. then when it says whatever it said before hit escape and tell me what it says
  16. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    doesnt do anything... only enter when cd is in drive or f3 to exit.
  17. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    I thought esc would bypass the repair

    what happens when you hit enter
  18. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    it says something on the order of "invalid disc in drive, please re-insert. Press Enter when ready"
  19. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    ok, we can do it the hard way with commands. You are going to lose data, let me know if you want to stop and try other things. This is the only other way I can think of

    Restart, Hit R to get back to c:\ and type DISKPART
  20. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    data meh... i just want the damn thing to work... trying that now.
  21. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    delete part or create part?
  22. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Select the partition and press D

    That will delete the partition

    press enter

    then press L to confirm
  23. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    done........
  24. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Ok, now what do you have left

    We are going to create a new partition next but I need to know what is left on the list
  25. gohalos35

    gohalos35 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 60

    bunch of unknown drives and:

    Unpartitioned Drive 131069mb available space

    something like that...
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