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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by akin, Dec 29, 2001.

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  1. akin

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    hello Im having considerable trouble with my computer. In an attempt to fix a modem issue , deleted or lost the vmm32.vxd file. Now everytime I start the computer it says file is not found or missing, something to that effect .

    I would like to reinstall windows which I assume is on my recovery cd program but when I try to run that it says cdr101 is not reading drive m.


    any advice will be appreciated.
     
  2. steve091266

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    Not sure if this helps or not, just did a search on my p.c. & I have this file in C:\Windows\System. 1020 KB, says it's a virtual device driver. Happy to e-mail a copy of it if that'll help.

    Being new to this I'm sure one of the other guys will have an easier option!

    Regards

    Steve
     
  3. Bryan

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    Unfortunately that's the one particular .vxd file can't be copied to different PCs. It's a .vxd file that built by Windows during setup and is unique to each PC.

    What's the exact word for word message you get at startup? Is it this...

    "VMM32.VXD: Missing/Unable to Load. Press any key to continue"

    Or is it this ...

    "VMM32.VXD is required to run Windows. If this file is not in your PATH, you may need to reinstall Windows.
     
  4. akin

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    it would be the second line Bryan .


    thanks for the offer Steve, but I guess that wont work.
     
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    Assuming your running W95 or W98, restart the PC and keep pressing F8 during the bootup. You want to start tapping F8 after the drives are recognized on the screen but before the Windows splash screen appears. A startup menu with 6 options should appear. Use option 6, "SafeMode Command Prompt Only". Then at a c:\> prompt do this

    dir vmm32.vxd /s

    Does it find it?
     
  6. akin

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    no it says file is not found .


    I have a windows boot up disl if that helps at all .
     
  7. Bryan

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    First save any data that you absolutely can't afford to lose to diskettes.

    Then insert your Recovery CD into the CDRom drive and press alt/ctrl/del to restart the PC. It should boot to the Recovery CD and lead you through a reinstall.
     
  8. Mosaic1

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    cdr101 is not reading drive m

    That message is often caused by a dirty CD disk. Gently clean the recovery CD and see if it works now.
     
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