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Installing XP from DOS. Help me!
« on: March 08, 2007, 04:07:15 AM »
Hi there my computer was working fine a week ago with windows xp. Then it booted up one morning and said that a file called <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe was missing and to reinstall the file.
I put a windows 98 startup disk in and the windows xp cd and i get 3 options. I select start command prompt with cd enabled but windows xp cannot be run from DOS mode.
I get the impression from other people on the net that when you start your PC with just the windows xp cd that you get a windows xp setup screen and youv got all kinds of options like recovery and stuff but I dont. It just goes straight to the error message (when I haven't got a 98 startup disk in), so clearly I need to fix the error from DOS.

Please help anyone!  :-

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Re: Installing XP from DOS. Help me!
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2007, 05:13:25 AM »
Have you installed Linux before this?

You can download the file to make the XP 6 disk boot set
below link.There is also a single bootdisk for XP setup at
the bottom of the page.I haven't tried that one.LOL


A thought:Is your Bios set to boot from CD-Rom?
« Last Edit: March 08, 2007, 05:42:16 AM by street1 »
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Re: Installing XP from DOS. Help me!
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2007, 06:58:38 AM »
it's moi again and no it wasn't a linux installation prior to the current one. I'l try going into the bios to boot from cd if I can find it and let you know. Afterall that would be a heck of a lot easier than poncing around with 20 year old command prompts.

Thanks for the post anyway.


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    Re: Installing XP from DOS. Help me!
    « Reply #3 on: March 08, 2007, 09:09:50 AM »
    Make sure the CD is given higher boot priority than the harddrive, put the cd in and restart.