Solved: Missing/corrupt: C:\windows\system32\ntfs.sys

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almightybob7

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I restarted my computer today and right after it started booting from my C: drive, an error came up that said something like "Windows cannot find the file C:\windows\system32\ntfs.sys because it is missing or corrupted." It suggests that I use the recovery disk to fix it, but I don't have the recovery disk, so I'm kind of in trouble. Luckily, I had some Linux LiveCDs laying around, so I used one to boot up my system.I think that this might have something to do with me trying to change my boot screen, but I didn't mess with that particular file, so I'm not sure. Also, I haven't done anything to the RAM lately. I have Windows XP Professional SP2, and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions as to what I should do.
 

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boot into recovery console from setup cd and type:
expand d:\i386\ntfs_sy_ C:\windows\system32\ntfs.sys

if that is the file and location you say is corrupt this should fix the problem
 

almightybob7

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thanks for the quick response, but I don't have the setup CD Is there anywhere I can download a copy of the recovery console and burn it onto a cd?
 

almightybob7

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Anybody? If possible, I need an answer quickly because I have to leave over this weekend, and I want to fix it before I leave.
 

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I found out how on Microsoft.com, on one of the knowledgebase articles I think. I can't remember right now what the exact URL was, but when I find out ill post it on here. Sorry
 
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