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NTOSKRNL.EXE Missing or Corrupt

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I got the above error message rebooting after I had previously copied that file to a CD for a friend.

I simply copied the file back to C:\WINNT\System32 and thought that would fix the problem. It didn't.

I booted from my Emergency Boot diskettes and ran the repair Console, no go..

I checked and re-set permissions on the file, didn't help.

I installed a second copy of W2K in a separate directory and checked the boot.ini file, all see OK.

I can boot successfully from the new "C:\WINEMER" Directory but not from the opriginal "C:\WINNT" as it still says the same message that the NTOSKRNL.EXE file is missing or corrupt.

Any ideas on what I can do??? I have too many applications installed to even consider a re-format.

Many Thanks in advance

AussieKb2
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by:josephcn
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make sure you the ntoskernl from the right service pack.  The win repair cd will not work if you have upgraded to a new service pack since making the disk.
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Jvuz,

Beat me to my own solution!

lol

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Sorry jthow...

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by:Gareth Gudger
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Try running FIXBOOT or FIXMBR or CHKDSK /R from the recovery console?
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by:Aussiekb2
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OK, thanks for all the help. I actually copied parts of the Install CD to the C: crive.

Ran the emergency boot disk and then ran the re-install from C:

I was given the option to recover "Damaged or lost system files" (Whatever the expression was) and it got me to the stage of being able to re-boot !!!

2 drivers, (both from APC for my UPS) weren't recognised and each caused the blue screen of death to appear. I renamed them after rebooting the "emergency version of 2K I mentioned earlier" (No Updates or service packs applied as yet) and rebooted, it worked!!!

No lost programs!!

I rebooted into the emergency version and re-installed the APC drivers, copied them over to the C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\Drivers area and rebooted yet again, all went fabulous. One thing though, windows Installer was always coming up whenever I opened anything, so I went to the M'Soft Site and downloaded / installed latest version as well as already installed service packs, etc and now everything is great!!!!

Thanks to all and especially Expert Exchange for the ability to vent my frustrations...

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Glad it worked out for you.

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