no way to reload XP

  Sethhaniel 14:58 30 May 06
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XP PRO Gone pear shaped
have original disk but all options fail
can't get to safe mode or a prompt to get even format & reload
Is there a way of creating a boot disk from another PC to get access to the CD drive so that I can reinstall??? or whatever

Error NTFS.SYS missing

  woodchip 15:07 30 May 06

You could try boot disc's from click here you need six floppy discs put a floppy in the drive and then double click on the downloaded file. These discs may be enough to get your computer back running

  SB23 15:09 30 May 06

click here, this may help.

  martjc 15:12 30 May 06

...copying the NTFS system file from another computer and copying it to yours.

But, look at woodchip's suggestion first.

  martjc 15:14 30 May 06

...Windows\I386.

  bof:) 15:32 30 May 06

what error messages do you get, if any?

  Sethhaniel 15:52 30 May 06

have now downloaded this file will try that route next

martjc - cannot access A: C: or D: prompt to copy any files

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:07 30 May 06

You need to set the BIOS to BOOT from Floppy or CD

Watch the screen as you boot the PC there will be a message Press ???? to enter setup.
??? will be something like Del Esc or F2.

  DrScott 16:09 30 May 06

Apologies if you've tried this, but if you go into your BIOS and set the boot disk priority so that the CD-ROM is first, and then put in the windows disk after saving the settings to CMOS, it should start to install when the PC reboots - it will appear as if it's doing a new installation.

At that point, you should select the reinstall option, and then at the next bit, select repair installation - that should replace the missing files.

If you can't boot from the CD-ROM after resetting the BIOS boot priority then it could be your BIOS has stopped recognising your CD drive...

  Sethhaniel 16:09 30 May 06

already set :)

Ta

  DieSse 16:21 30 May 06

already set :)

In that case, you need to find why the system is not booting from the CD drive. Remember that normally on restarting with the CD in, you will egt a message "Press any key to boot from CD..."

If you're not getting that, then maybe your CD drive, or XP CD is faulty. If either of these is true, then you're not going to be able to proceed without fixing that problem.

DrScott suggests that the BIOS may not be recognising the CD Drive - is it? If it isn't then probably the drive is faulty, or a cable has become detached/loose/faulty, or your BIOS settings are corrupt.

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