What is the file if deleted machine will not boot.

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2010-03-05

What is the file in windows xp or 2003 if deleted cannot be booted back.

Question by:bsharath
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    by:Toni Uranjek

    I'm not sure I understand your question but the following files are part of XP or W2K3 boot sequence:
    NTLDR,, boot.ini (and there might be others, depending on computer setup, bootsect.dos, disk drivers,...)

    Deleting any of these files might prevent computers to boot. Although if you do not have boot.ini and your OS is installed in C:\WINNT or C:\WINDOWS, computer will boot.


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    Ganeraly stay alway from deleting any files under windows\ and system32 any .dll, .sys .exe also don't delete the uninstall finles and folders like $hf_mig$, $NTServicePack.... the best way is to make a backup of your system and then delete that you want to delete you can alway restore it later on.
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    by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
           Hi Sharath
                  Boot from OS cd, then in recovery console, run following
                    chkdsk /p
                    fixboot c:
                    bootcfg /rebuild
                     If above does not solve, then you should repair current installation from OS cd by repair installation. If process does not recognize an installed OS, you do not have another option then clean install.
                   Would you please explain how did this happen? What was your last action?

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    Hi Experts.

    For a testing purpose to check some applications i need to crash a machine.What i want to know is how can i crash the machine.Which file i need to delete to crash the machine.

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    This article explains how you can crash XP on demand:
    Deleting files on live OS will not do because files are protected with File protection service and they are copied from dllcache folder back to system32.

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