Error loading kernel. You must reinstall Windows

Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope

To fix this error, follow the steps below:

    Popcorn kernels
  1. Reboot the computer to MS-DOS.
  2. At the MS-DOS prompt, type each of the following commands, pressing the Enter key after each command.
cd\
cd windows
cd system
ren kernel32.dll kernel32.ch

The above will rename the kernel32.dll file to kernel32.ch. Additional information MS-DOS as well as each of the above commands is on our MS-DOS help page.

  1. Once the file is renamed, extract the kernel32.dll file from your Windows CD into the C:\windows\system directory.

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