corrupted Boot file
will not allow the laptop computer to boot the operating system. An
invalid boot.ini file
error is shown stating that the
ntoskenl.exe file is corrupt or missing
. Although the error points to a invalid boot.ini, the issue could be due to bad hardware as well. A
may also be responsible for the issue. However, if the RAM is fine and the
Ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupt
, the boot.ini will have to be repaired. It can be repaired manually by copying a correct version of the file in the directory or by using the
rebuilding the boot.ini file
When booting my laptop, I'm getting the following error message:
Invalid Boot.ini file booting from C:\windows
After a few seconds I get this message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows root\system32\ntoskrnl.exe"
Please reinstall a copy of the file above.
You can try to apply one of these methods if you own an original WIndows XP installation CD.
First we will try to repair boot.ini with bootcfg/rebuild.
If the problem persists, test your memory (RAM): sometimes it is a defective stick that is the cause of this type of problem.
Ntoskrnl.exe missing or corrupt
To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:
C:\Windows>cd system32 Press the Enter Key
C:\Windows\system32>del ntoskrnl.exe Press the Enter Key
C:\Windows\system32>copy d:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ Press the Enter Key
C:\Windows\system32>rename ntoskrnl.ex_ ntoskrnl.exe Press the EnterKey
C:\Windows\system32>exit Press the Enter Key and restart your PC.
Note that: replace [ d: ] by the letter corresponding to your CD-Rom drive.
Use the Bootcfg utility from the Recovery Console to rebuild the the Boot.ini file:
Start up Recovery Console
To learn more about the Recovery Console see this item
At the C:\Windows> interface type the following commands:
C:\Windows> bootcfg /rebuild then press Enter
Once the Windows installation is located, the following instructions appear:
Add installation to the list of boot options? (Yes/No)
[Type Y in response to this message.]
Enter Boot Identifier:
[This is the name of the operating system. Type: Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition. ]
Enter the options for loading the operating system:
[Leave this field blank, then press Enter].
After completing the procedural steps above, restart the computer, then select the first item in the boot menu. This should allow Windows XP to start normally.
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