Have a computer in front of me with the error message below at startup.
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
This was the original message when I first received this machine.
Loaded windows recovery console, only drives showing were
No Admin password asked for (this is the recovery drive)
Tried bootcfg /scan This failed
Tried fixboot This failed
Tried expand h:\i386\hal.dl_ C:\windows\system32\hal.dll This failed
Ran Hdd Regenerator No Bad sectors found
Ran memtest Found 1 of the 2 sticks to be faulty. Now runing with just the 1 good stick.
Re tried the above three fixes to no avail
Then I loaded a PE disc and ran partitionMagic 8.0 and checked for errors.Process was halted due to the amount of errors found.
Error number 1527 Bad update sequence number.
Ran Norton Disk Doctor. All options enabled. It fixed all errors found.
Ran same three solutions as above with same results.
PartitionMagic currently showing
HP_RECOVERY (H:) FAT32 size 5090.9MB status NONE Primary
HP_PAVILION (C:) NTFS size 185681.0MB status Active Primary
(*) unallocated 7.8MB status NONE Primary
This computer has a memory card reader in it and 2 rom drivers which accounts for the drives between C: and H:
OS is XP Home
F10 at boot should let me into recovery, but so far this has failed to work.
Any ideas Please.