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bobster

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Hi all,
I am getting the following message when I attempt to reboot

\winnnt\syste32\config\system
It says I can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows setup using the original set up cd.
This is my sons computer and do not have the cd handy.
Can anyone help.
This started when I used the kazaa remove program and something obviously went wrong.
If interested you can follow my thread on the web forums.
Thanks for any help.
Bobster
 

crjdriver

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You will need the xp cd to do a repair of xp. The only other thing is a "Recovery" cd that comes with a store bought computer.
 

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When you get the cd, set your bios to boot from the cd as first boot device restart the computer with the xp cd in the drive. After setup loads you will be given an option to repair or install; make sure you choose install not repair. Setup will now detect your previous installation of xp and offer to repair it; now choose to let it repair. The first repair option is the recovery console [a very useful app, just not what you want now]

Setup will now do the repair install; your apps and data will still be there after it is complete. You will need to reapply service packs, hot fixes, directX updates, patches, etc. I would download any updated drivers that you will need such as video, chipset / mb, sound, etc.Burn these to a cd if available; it will make the install go quicker. The reason is that xp will use its own native drivers instead of the latest mgf driver. The MS drivers for say a video card are not the best for performance, they are optimized for stability.
 

bobster

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Do I need to do anything to set the bios to boot from the cd or will just having the cd in the drive do that?
Thanks,
Bobster
 

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You will need to enter the bios by pressing a key during bootup. Sometimes there is a message telling you which key to push. Such as "press del key for setup" or the info should be in your manual.

If you know the make ie Dell, Gateway, etc post it and we should be able to find the key.
 

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Most of the time the boot order is something like this
A, C, CDROM
You want the cdrom to be first so it will read
CDROM, C, A,

Note the wording may not be exact; instead of "C" it may say HD or hard disk O hard disk 1 etc.
 
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If you can get your system to boot into the repair console with the xp cdrom enter the repair console by clicking R at the prompt. Then type in the following commands and reboot when complete.
type FIXBOOT and answer yes after

type in the following commands and after each click enter and be sure to leave all spaces exactly as they are..

CD \
ATTRIB -H NTLDR
ATTRIB -S NTLDR
ATTRIB -R NTLDR
ATTRIB -H NTDETECT.COM
ATTRIB -S NTDETECT.COM
ATTRIB -R NTDETECT.COM
COPY X:\I386\NTLDR C:\ (X IS THE LETTER OF YOUR CDROM)
COPY X:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\ (X IS THE LETTER OF YOUR CDROM)

Then reboot wthout the disk
 

bobster

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Hi all,
Sorry for the late response but upon trying to reboot the hard drive (western digital 80gig) decided to implode. I just got another one and re loaded the gateway software. Got spybot running. Is there anything else I should download for protection? (Already got norton).
Thanks,
Bobster
 
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