Windows XP corruption

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Windows XP boot failure
My windows xp corrupted.  How to repair.



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If XP won’t start it may be due to a damaged boot sector or a missing or corrupt ntldr or ntdetect.com files.

To replace damaged ntldr and ntdetect.com you can copy fresh files from the XP CD using the COPY command:
1. Boot with the XP CD and enter the Recovery Console.
2. At the Command Prompt type the following (assume “E” is your CD-Rom drive letter) allowing the files to overwrite the old files:
a) COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C:
b) COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:

To repair a damaged Boot Sector at the command prompt type FIXBOOT and press Enter. Then answer “Y” and reboot ur xp !

If the above doesn’t work then follow the below :
1. Insert the XP Boot CD in CDROM Drive
2. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
3. To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install
4. Press ENTER. do not choose “To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R”, (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).
NOTE: Do not choose “To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R” option….
5. Accept the License Agreement
6. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.
7. After the reboot Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.
CAUTION: Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. (cause xp checks RAM in this stage)
Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Even, this not works, then format xp and perform clean install, if u don’t have necessary files !

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  • Rego
    To corrupt this file reason was as follows : Control Panel then Add or remove programs then I deleted a critical file. I strongly believe this is the reason why to corrupted the file. I dont know which file. No audio and internet working. Please comment.
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  • Rego
    How can I know if my other software also corrupted apart from internet explorer and audio.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    U have to reinstall audio driver from ur Driver CD.... and for internet check for NIC either it was corrupt or deleted by mistake to invoke My computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager > Network Adapters and observe is there any NIC shown there or may be a yellow symbol shown.... Then u have to reinstall the Ethernet card driver from ur Driver CD !
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  • carlosdl
    Rego, without knowing the exact problems you are encountering and the error messages you are getting, it is really hard for the community to give you an accurate solution. You can't delete files from the 'Add/remove programs' console. What exactly did you do ? Repairing your windows installation and reinstalling the device drivers as Rechil suggested may help. If it doesn't, please provide more details. I would also recommend making sure the machine is not infected with some kind of malware.
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  • Rego
    Shall I reinstall my driver CD which I got along with my PC once I purchase it. That CD has all drivers. I think better to install all drivers again. I checked if corrupted my NIC and found corrupted. Once I check as Rechil said there is nothing I could see.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    It is better to reinstall Drivers from ur Driver CD.... Or u may overwrite the same ! But when u reinstall the system may ask for removing existing drivers so first of all remove and restart ur system again then try to reinstall. If all other drivers r okay i.e. Display Adapter and modem (if u have in-built) then only u have to install Audio Driver and NIC Driver by choice from disk utility CD. Hope u may get success ! NOTE: U may go for repairing also (as I told earlier) but before that, must take all necessary data backups for safety purpose.
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  • carlosdl
    "I checked if corrupted my NIC and found corrupted" How did you check that, and how did you know it is 'corrupted' ?
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  • FrankTheTank
    This all sounds weird.. lol.. Just delete the drivers that are corrupted and reinstall using the CD or going to that products website and getting the latest ones which will probably have bug fixes. And do not fix what is not broken only install the drivers that are giving you an issue under device manager.
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  • jinteik
    worst come to worst, just format and reset up the pc again and all will be good
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