|"Unfortunately using the old drive to boot off of isnt an option as windows will not load, i get a "dosmenu.bat file is missing" error message when it trys to boot up. "|
I did some searching on my generic Microsoft OEM XP MCE 2005 installation and on an XP Home SP2 CD - dosmenu.bat (and dosmenu.ba_ on the CD) is not on them
I searched on the web using: dosmenu.bat file is missing
ALL of the hits I looked at got that error ONLY on Dell systems, and it was ALWAYS:
Batch file F:\DOSMENU.BAT is missing
Note the F .
Apparently you can also get that message when you use the Dell diagnostics,
or the Dell Resource CD...
Possible Problems while using the Resource CD
a.) When Booting, the file F:\DOSMENU.BAT is missing:
This is likely caused by the motherboard on one or both of the IDE channels. To correct this and continue with the test, go into the system BIOS and disable the IDE channel with the hard drive on it. You may have to disable both IDE devices on that channel (ie IDE 0). This does not mean that the hard drive is bad. In most cases, it's still possible to reload windows (after enabling the hard drive). It is also possible to test that hard drive by using another machine.
One of the "hits" said he got the same error with the same hard drive after he had replaced the mboard.
I'm speculating that the F partition the dosmenu.bat file is supposed to be on is only on the original hard drive software installation on Dell computers.
Some of the "hits" suggested that the fact the dosmenu.bat file can't be found probably indicates
- the hard drive has corrupted data - it may be failing - test the drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics
-or - data in the master boot sector on the hard drive is corrupted - you could try booting with the Dell XP Re-installation CD or similar most Dell computers that had XP on them come with, and going into the Recovery Console and running fixmbr.
OR - you could try booting with the Dell XP Re-installation CD or similar most Dell computers that had XP on them come with, and doing a Repair installation of Windows, which will NOT delete the personal data that you have added to the hard drive.
That doesn't always help but it takes less than an hour to run it and find out whether it does or not.
(However, test the drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics BEFORE you do that.)
You MAY be able to copy the missing dosmenu.bat file from the hard drive of someone else's Dell system and place it on the F partition on the drive, however the F partition is probably normally hidden.