Windows Server 2003

Posted on 2013-11-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-21
Is there an easy fix?

Got the following message when server rebooted:

Windows could not start.  Corrupt or missing file.

Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Question by:ycguy1117
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by:Paul Jackson
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See this EE thread it may help, possibly a problem with your boot.ini file pointing to wrong partition.
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Boot the server with the Windows installation media in, select the repair option this should solve the problem.

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ID: 39684830
yep as Sagiedoc says repair is way to go but first try a disk check:

1. Boot the CD and select the first repair option (R) which will take you to the Recovery Console.
2. type chkdsk /r (note the space) and press Enter.

1. Boot the CD and select the first repair option (R) which will take you to the Recovery Console. Now copy the missing/corrupt file from the CD to your hard disk by typing ‘copy D:\i386\ntoskrnl.exe C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe’ (not the quotes but the two spaces) and press Enter.
2. If you can only find ntoskrnl.ex_ on the CD then the file needs to be expanded by typing ‘expand D:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe’ (not the quotes but the two spaces) and press Enter.
If 1 and 2 above do not work, rename the file by typing ‘ren C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.old’ (not the quotes but the two spaces) and press Enter. Then try again.
3. Try method 2 as outlined here
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ID: 39685136
Just tried to boot from cd,: indicates no drive found
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Do you have access to an external CD drive? Check your BIOS settings to make sure that somehow (?) the CD drive was not set to disabled. May be that the CD drive is dead.

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I am sorry, I was too vague.  Ran cd 1 from Server 2003.  Loaded everything but when finished and indicated started Windows.  The error came up: no hdd found
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lionelmm earned 500 total points
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You may have to load the raid controller? What make and model server do you have?

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