Windows kernel is missing or contains errors

October 2, 2016 at 18:47:23
Specs: Windows 8
The kernel was not the first problem I had on my Gateway Windows 8 Laptop. Whenever I booted it up it would be stuck in a infinite recovery loop (Loads up recovery screen, click restart, does it again). The Gateway site told me to reset the drive using the recovery tools. When I tried it gave me an error stating that the drive could not be reset. I tried using system restore but it said the registry was corrupted. So me, being an idiot, used disk part from the command prompt and reformatted the drive manually *Large Mistake* I selected Partition 1. I have 3 partitions, My windows partition and another I put files in for when I reformat my computer, and the one all laptops have (X:Boot). Now I didn't check which one was Partition 1 but I think I deleted X:Boot. Whenever it boots up it says Recovery: Your PC needs to be repaired. It lets me have the option to boot into safe mode and when I click on the button it says Windows kernel is missing or contains errors (/WINDOWS/system32/ntfkrnl.exe). I think I broke my laptop beyond fixing. If there is a way to fix it I would be very grateful. I also do not know what caused these problems as the laptop was working earlier that day.

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#1
October 2, 2016 at 20:07:35
Sounds like your HDD is dying. Good news is your story makes it sound like you can recover some of your data by removing the dying drive and putting it in an enclosure.

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October 3, 2016 at 03:40:03
And for the future, ensure "all" your data is safely duplicated off the system entirely so that in event of problems withe hard drive your data is safe elsewhere... Typically to DVD, but an external hard drive too is nice; and even nicer use both media - as seldom doth both types fail at the same time... Also verify the copies at intervals; and update of course...

Sadly so many do not duplicate/store data off the system and thus often lose it all...


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#3
October 3, 2016 at 14:20:17
"do not know what caused these problems as the laptop was working earlier that day"
Things can fail at any old time, just like a car can suddenly break down.

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October 19, 2016 at 02:12:55
Thanks everyone, I figured out how to solve

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#5
October 19, 2016 at 08:37:39
Good to hear. Can you give us a brief idea what it was please?

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