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NTOSKRNL.EXE is missing or corrupt

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TSman, May 13, 2017.

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  1. TSman

    TSman Thread Starter

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    What are the possible or likely causes for this error message?

    One day I booted my Windows XP PC and that message came up. Not even 'Last known good configuration' worked; it gave me the same error.

    Note that I'm not looking for a fix but for a list of reasons as to why this error would come up. I don't want to boot my machine one day to have it glitch out on me like this.
     
  2. peterh40

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    How old is your PC and how old is the hard disk? Old HDs can go end of life after 6 years or so.

    Has your PC been infected? Some viruses are known to go for the Boot Sector or Disk and cause boot issues.
     
  3. TSman

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    PC is from 2002 but the hard disk is 10 years older. I figured out that wasn't the problem but indeed a Windows XP blaster-type worm that destroyed my OS the minute I got on the internet. I even had a proper paid firewall going on and everything.
     
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