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missing/corrupt <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by chickenwings, Apr 20, 2004.

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    chickenwings Thread Starter

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    OK, I did a really stupid thing :eek: , though the resulting problem has not been too bad so far...

    I have Windows XP Pro installed in my laptop... the hard disk is NOT partitioned... I wanted to install Windows Server 2003 operating system on the machine... However, I wasn't able to find my external CD ROM drive, so I used a network connection to dump the contents of the Windows Server 2003 installation CD on to my laptop's hard disk and tried to install it...

    When trying to install, I got a message that this should be installed on another partition, and not on the same existing partition where XP was residing, but I didn't bother to read the message and clicked next...

    Yes, I know, these are all very dumb things to do :eek: ... forgive me... :(

    Anyways, for a few seconds it appeared that the installation was continuing as it was supposed to, and then about 10 seconds later I got the message that Windows Server 2003 OS was successfully installed...

    I knew that something was wrong because the OS cannot install so quickly... anyways I restarted my machine, and at startup I got the usual message when 2 operating systems are installed on one machine... that I should choose which OS to start up with... when I chose Windows Server 2003, I got the following message:
    Windows could not start because missing/corrupt <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

    Fortunately, when I restarted and chose Windows XP, the computer still started and is functioning perfectly...

    Now that startup message comes up on every startup, the one about choosing which OS I want to start with... the Windows Server 2003 OS is obviously not really installed... just some vestige of it is... how do I get rid of that message at every startup?? :confused:

    Also, from browsing the internet, I get the feeling that it has something to do with my boot.ini file... anyone know where that file is located in XP? :confused:

    Thanks a ton! :D
     
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