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windows xp will not start in any mode

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by hlp, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. hlp

    hlp Flightless Bird

    It displays that system32/drivers is deleted or corrupted
  2. meerkat

    meerkat Flightless Bird

    "hlp" <hlp@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > It displays that system32/drivers is deleted or corrupted.

    Boot from your winXP CD, and do a System repair.
  3. Rich Barry

    Rich Barry Flightless Bird

    Hopefully you have a WinXP CD. If yes, try a Repair Install. Check
    below site for more info.


    "hlp" <hlp@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > It displays that system32/drivers is deleted or corrupted
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 20, 3:39 pm, hlp <h...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > It displays that system32/drivers is deleted or corrupted

    You need to tell us exactly what the message says as best you can when
    you see problems.

    The message is probably more like - ...some file is missing or

    Messages of this nature are relatively common and easy to solve.
    Issues like this usually occur after a power failure, aborted restart
    or improper shutdown.

    Have any of those events occurred?

    You should first boot your PC into the XP Recovery Console using a
    bootable XP installation CD or a bootable CD with the XP Recovery
    Console on it. This is not the same as any Recovey or System CDs that
    may have come with a store bought system.

    Once you are in the Recovery Console, you should run the chkdsk
    command to verify the integrity of your file system, then decide what
    to do next.

    If you do not have a bootable XP installation CD, you can make a
    bootable Recovery Console CD.

    The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:


    Download the ISO file from here:


    Use this free and easy program to create your bootable CD:


    It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on a computer that is

    You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM
    drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk. These
    adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it,
    you will have to reboot the system again.

    When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:

    Press any key to boot from CD...

    The Windows Setup... will proceed.

    Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.

    Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:/WINDOWS)

    You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).

    You should be in the C:/WINDOWS folder. This is the same as the C:
    \WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.

    RC allows basic file commands - copy, rename, replace, delete, cd,
    chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr, etc.

    From the command prompt window run the chkdsk command on the drive
    where Windows is installed to try to repair any problems on the
    afflicted drive.

    Running chkdsk is fine to run even if it doesn't find any problems.

    Assuming your boot drive is C, run the following command:

    chkdsk C: /r

    Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find. It may take
    a long time to complete or appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the
    HDD light is still flashing, it is doing something. Keep an eye on
    the percentage amount to be sure it is still making progress.

    Remove the CD and type 'exit' to leave the RC and restart the

    You do not have to adjust the BIOS again to boot on the HDD since the
    CD will not be present.

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