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C:\system 32\drivers\ntfs.sys is missing or corrupt


I was getting the following error message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is either missing or corrupt:
system 32/drivers/ntfs.sys.
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair".


To restore a missing or corrupt ntfs.sys file you must have the Windows XP CD and follow the below steps.
  • 1. Insert the Windows XP CD into the computer and restart the computer.
  • 2. As the computer is starting make sure to press a key to boot from the CD.
  • 3. In the Windows XP setup screen press the 'R' key to run the Windows Recovery Console.
  • 4. If prompted enter the number of Windows installation you're repairing.
  • 5. At the command prompt type the below command.

copy x:\i386\ntfs.sys c:\windows\system32\drivers

    • In the above example you would replace x: with the letter of your CD-ROM drive. Many computers have the CD-ROM drive configured as the D: drive.
  • 6. If ntfs.sys is still on the computer you'll be prompted if you wish to overwrite the file. If prompted, press the Y key for Yes to overwrite the file.
  • 7. Once the file has been successfully copied remove the CD and reboot your computer.


Thanks to xpcman for this tip on the forum.

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