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The following file is missing or corrupted: C:\Windows\Ifshlp.sys

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jr6300, Sep 6, 2008.

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  1. jr6300

    jr6300 Thread Starter

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    I know this has been covered before.....but I'm getting this message on boot:

    The following file is missing or corrupted: C:\Windows\Ifshlp.sys

    The following file is missing or corrupted: C:\Windows\System\Vmm32.vxd
    Type the name of the Windows loader (e.g., C:\Windows\System\Vmm32.vxd)
    C>

    I have read about this in the MS bulletin:

    The problem is that I cannot get my PC to recognize the installation disk. Also, when I open the C: drive thru my Me Start up disk I can see my drives. I open C: & see the directories. BUT for instance when I open C:\Windows & try to go farther & "cd options" or "cd profiles" I get a message:

    CDR101: Not ready reading drive E
    Abort, Retry, Fail?

    It acts as though it's trying to read E drive to find the file when it is on C. I cannot get into my cab files or get it to recognize the installation disk to maybe do a "dirty" install to just grab my address book, etc. w/o losing all my data.

    This line from MS has me wondering if it is looking in the wrong directory (which it appears that it's looking for the wrong drive):

    Any idea how to change the Msdos.sys file when I can't even find it?

    I just need to extract my address book, etc. as I already have a new PC that I "hadn't gotten around to" putting into service yet. all I need is access so I can transfer the data. I have a 500 GB USB drive that I backed up almost all my other directories, just forgot about the address books in Netscape & Outlook & the bookmarks/favorites.

    Thanx in advance,
     
  2. jr6300

    jr6300 Thread Starter

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    I forgot to mention that I originally thought that it may be a hard drive failure, but I can see the directories on C:\, but just can't "get in".
     
  3. jr6300

    jr6300 Thread Starter

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    Anybody with a guess? Hard drive failure?????
     
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    Use a Win9x startup floppy to boot the PC to a C:\ prompt.

    At the C:\ prompt type:

    attrib -r -s -h c:\msdos.sys

    Press Enter and now type

    edit c:\msdos.sys

    Press Enter and you should now see a text editor open with the contents of that file.

    Confirm this entry is correct, if not edit accordingly and save the changes:

    WinBootDir=C:\WINDOWS

    Back a the C:\ prompt type:

    attrib +r +h +s c:\msdos.sys

    Press Enter, remove the floppy and restart the system.

    Zee
     
  5. jr6300

    jr6300 Thread Starter

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    Thanx for the reply, but about the time you were posting I had already moved in a different direction.

    I had an XP upgrade disk in the desk since early 2001. It came along later as part of the deal w/Dell when I purchased the Win Me system in late 2000. I "never got around to" installing it since I knew by that time so many of my programs would either need upgraded, reinstalled, drivers upgraded, etc.

    I figured "what the hey". I went down Friday. I booted from the CD. Even then I didn't think it was going to work when it couldn't find a "qualifying Windows program to upgrade from" & it asked for my Windows Insallation CD which it did recognize. After a couple of reboots making sure it booted from the CD, I managed to get up & running with XP.

    BUT, like I figured.........starting to reinstall all my programs along with some updated ones like Office 07 Ultimate, etc. Luckily, a lot of my other program settings & data are being recognized (because they are still there - the ones that didn't store the app data in the Win directory) so I don't have to "recreate the entire wheel".

    I did save all my data that wasn't over written in my Windows directory. So not all was lost (but I had most of this backed up anyway).

    Maybe one day I'll get my new PC in place after i get this one back "reloaded". ;)
     
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