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Blue Screen(unable to locate winsrv. dll)C0000135 dynamic link library could not be found

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After windows update to SP2 and without warning my E-machine doesn t startup anymore I get an error message (STOP C0000135 (unable to locate dll) The dynamic link library winsrv could not be found in the specified path. cannot use boot disk since I have no XP CD . System came w/ XP Home Pre-installed (OEM) Only have e-machine recovery CD's and the only option is a clean install.  problem being cannot lose data on hard drive, theres just too much too lose.  don't know enough DOS to be able to get back into the system that way. Is there any solution to this problem that will let me keep all my data thats already on my hard drive.If I try to boot to safe mode I get to the Windows logo screen and then it goes blank for a few seconds then reboots and continues to do so unless I go to the F5 screen and pick option (don't reboot after failed start up   Please ,please help me ...................I'm at a loss as to what to do ?  Thanks to any and all who may be of help  
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by:nobus
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The easiest is slave your drive to a working system, backup your files, and go on from there
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Thanks for the help, but if thats the easiest are there other answers that are harder ?  
 ie: to implement  and or exeicute ? And if so what might they be?
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Yes; if you start trying things on your system, like repair etc, you may end up with no backup and a clean install...
That is why your first step is always a backup. You can see the posts of whining people HELP! i cannot access my files! here at EE; and then we will have to recommend a recovery software that int hte most cases will cost you.
I hope this clarifies the backup part; after that, you can try a reinstall, or other fancy things they will come up with, but you will have your data at least
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PS i recommend a clean install always, yhat is to say if no one comes up with a fix
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Thanks again for responding.........................OK so then after the backup of my files, what would be the best way to proceed with the recovery and or repair of my original drive? As for the clean install I can do that but would rather just fix the problem if possible instead of wiping it out. Either way its gonna cost me something since I first need another drive to use to back-up to, Since I at the moment don't have one available to me. the machine I'm on now is across town at a friends and the one I need to fix is at my house.
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Thanks once more for your help ..................and sorry if I'm being a pest, ( but I feel if I don't ask I won't know) I checked out the links you provided and found only one problem ,           In order to use their solution I still would need a copy of XP on a CD.    Since Mine was pre-installed I do not have access to it. The only thing I have are the Recovery CD's from e-machines.  Which are of no use except for doing a clean install ? Is there a way around the needing to use the XP CD that you are aware of ?  Thanks again, You've been very helpful.
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No, I'm afraid not. What you can do, legally, is use a XP copy from a friend, install it, and then use your key to legitimate it, before adressing the windows site.  Look here :

http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/13/9/13-9-195.shtml


http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/articles/changeID.htm

I hope this gets you going again, and do not be afraid to ask, if i was not willing to answer, i would not have in the first place.
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by:RCBrown94538
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Hi there, thanks again for al your help. I have now goten as far as the Recovery Console but my huny can't remember the pasword used for the administrator and I'm stuck. But I'l figure it out eventualy. but for now I must leave it alone since I'm on my way outta town. Any thanks again. You get all  the points for being the #1 puter wiz  Thanks
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You can try logging in as administrator, password : just plain enter
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