I got an error message last week when booting: "ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupt."
I took this at its face value, and figured my boot files were damaged and needed to be recovered. Turns out, I jumped to thw wrong conclusion. Mora\e about that later.
My machine came with a 2-dick recovery set, and it very kindly offered to recover my XP system without damaging the data files. Sounded perfect, although I realized I'd have to reinstall a lot of aps before getting going again. Anyhow, I ran this recovery, and it re-did my whole operating system as if it had been born yesterday. Then, when I rebooted, up comes my desktop with all its icons, etc. My Documents was also preserved. I thought this is really great.
When the machine re-started, I noticed that no matter what I wanted to do, it took about 5-8 seconds. Especially on the Internet, where there is this looong pause before a page displays.
Next time I start the machine, lo and behold, there's that error message about ntoskrnl.exe again! Rather than re- re-installing the system, I went to another computer to have another search for info about the problem. That's when I notice that in rare cases, this problem can be caused by a fault in the keyboard cable! I replace the keyboard and restarted with no problem.
So now there's no more error message, but the machine is Wicked Slow.
Can anybody suggest a remedy for this problem, which I presume to have been caused by the "Recovery" module? I'm wondering if I need to re-format the disk. That would be time-consuming to say the least, but when I add up all the time I'm wasting waiting for Windows to do its work, I wonder if that wouldn't be less of a waste of time.