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Can anyone help me Recover my Win2k Pro OS?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by AidanLee, Jan 28, 2005.

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  1. AidanLee

    AidanLee Thread Starter

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    My apologies for posting this new thread to try and resolve my OS problems. The full story follows;

    I have a Dual booting machine with Win ME and Win2k Pro. I started Win2k Pro a couple of days ago and left the room as the machine booted. When I returned scandisk had locked solid at 61% so I had to force a reboot. All went well and I logged into the OS as usual. However I was looking at a fairly recent folder and noticed some strange files there which I did not recognize. I thought nothing more of it at that point and finished my session. I returned to the pc a day later and that is when Win2k Pro refused to load at all claiming that NTKRNL.EXE was missing or corrupt. So i logged into ME and took a look at the Win2k Drive. To my horror there was no System32 folder at all so I did some online research and eventually found out how to do an emergency recovery on the Win2k Pro install. At the very least it got me into the OS however it was as though I had only just installed it, i.e. there was no software and/or drivers except the very basic ones providided at original install time.

    I found the REPAIR folder in d:\WINNT and took a look at the files and dates and established that they were all from 14/11/2002. Subsequently I found the files that should have been in the Repair folder in the folder I mentioned earlier. At this time I copied them back into the folder to see if I could restore using the ERD solution I had tried before, all to no avail. I will list these below. I presume that as I have all these files I should be able to get myself back into my most recent upto date config, however I may be mistaken.

    Contents of Repair: (filename : Size : Date)
    autoexec.nt: 1kb: 07/12/1999
    userdiff: 136kb: 14/11/2002
    system.sav: 356kb: 14/11/2002
    software.sav: 524kb: 14/11/2002
    default.sav: 80kb: 14/11/2002
    setup.log: 138kb: 14/11/2002
    config.nt: 3kb: 14/11/2002
    ntuser.dat: 120kb: 14/11/2002
    secsetup.inf: 511kb: 14/11/2002
    secevent.evt: 64kb: 14/11/2002
    ntuser.dat.log: 0kb: 19/01/2005
    sysevent.evt: 512kb: 22/01/2005
    appevent.evt: 512kb: 22/01/2005
    aceevent.evt: 512kb: 22/01/2005
    sam: 24kb: 22/01/2005
    security: 32kb: 22/01/2005
    default: 2,324kb: 22/01/2005
    system.alt: 6,628kb: 22/01/2005
    system: 6,628kb: 22/01/2005
    software: 22,464kb: 22/01/2005

    I have tried the Win2k Pro ERD disk which managed to locate d:\WINNT but didn't reload the files. I do hope that there is someone who will possibly be able to assist me in restoring the system using the above files dated 22/01/2005 as this was around the time that the OS went south on me.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Best Regards
    Aidan L Lee
     
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    My apologies for posting this new thread to try and resolve my OS problems. The full story follows;

    I have a Dual booting machine with Win ME and Win2k Pro. I started Win2k Pro a couple of days ago and left the room as the machine booted. When I returned scandisk had locked solid at 61% so I had to force a reboot. All went well and I logged into the OS as usual. However I was looking at a fairly recent folder and noticed some strange files there which I did not recognize.

    I thought nothing more of it at that point and finished my session. I returned to the pc a day later and that is when Win2k Pro refused to load at all claiming that NTKRNL.EXE was missing or corrupt. So i logged into ME and took a look at the Win2k Drive. To my horror there was no System32 folder at all so I did some online research and eventually found out how to do an emergency recovery on the Win2k Pro install.

    At the very least it got me into the OS however it was as though I had only just installed it, i.e. there was no software and/or drivers except the very basic ones provided at original install time.

    I found the REPAIR folder in d:\WINNT and took a look at the files and dates and established that they were all from 14/11/2002. Subsequently I found the files that should have been in the Repair folder in the folder I mentioned earlier. At this time I copied them back into the folder to see if I could restore using the ERD solution I had tried before, all to no avail.

    I will list these below. I presume that as I have all these files I should be able to get myself back into my most recent up-to-date config, however I may be mistaken.

    Contents of Repair: (filename : Size : Date)
    autoexec.nt: 1kb: 07/12/1999
    userdiff: 136kb: 14/11/2002
    system.sav: 356kb: 14/11/2002
    software.sav: 524kb: 14/11/2002
    default.sav: 80kb: 14/11/2002
    setup.log: 138kb: 14/11/2002
    config.nt: 3kb: 14/11/2002
    ntuser.dat: 120kb: 14/11/2002
    secsetup.inf: 511kb: 14/11/2002
    secevent.evt: 64kb: 14/11/2002
    ntuser.dat.log: 0kb: 19/01/2005
    sysevent.evt: 512kb: 22/01/2005
    appevent.evt: 512kb: 22/01/2005
    aceevent.evt: 512kb: 22/01/2005
    sam: 24kb: 22/01/2005
    security: 32kb: 22/01/2005
    default: 2,324kb: 22/01/2005
    system.alt: 6,628kb: 22/01/2005
    system: 6,628kb: 22/01/2005
    software: 22,464kb: 22/01/2005

    I have tried the Win2k Pro ERD disk which managed to locate d:\WINNT but didn't reload the files. I do hope that there is someone who will possibly be able to assist me in restoring the system using the above files dated 22/01/2005 as this was around the time that the OS went south on me.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Best Regards
    Aidan L Lee
     
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