can not access XP recovery consol

January 30, 2009 at 06:26:50
Specs: Windows XP, Intel (R) Core (TM)2 Duo,1GB
hello everyone
I am stuck in a problem and tried to find solution on it but nothing helps,simply because I don't see any option.
I am using a Dell Inspiron with Win XP media center version 2005 with update role 2 for last 2 years.
recently it crashed and i get message.

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

I attempted to repair file using recovery consol(some message board explain detail procedure to use recovery consol).My problem is ,I can not access recovery consol itself.

I used OS DVD that i received with system and pressed 'R'.System tried to restart,I could hear some sound from DVD reader but then I see same message as above.The only thing i can open right now is 'Advanced Option Menu'.Even from there,I tried 'Safe Mode' and 'Last known good configuration' but again system gives me same message.
I am not computer expert and seeks help desparately.
Any suggestions please
waiting for reply.

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January 30, 2009 at 07:19:49
most likely is the computer has HDD as the first boot device in BIOS.
To change that, when the computer first start, press or tab F2 key to bring you to BIOS screen. (Alternately just press F12 for one time Select Boot Device option)
Under System, Boot Sequence, you may see
1. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive
2. Onboard SATA Hard Drive
3. Onboard IDE Hard Drive
4. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
To modify the setting, Press Enter on CDROM, press Up/Down arrows to select a different sequence, you may want to be on the first.
Press ESC, select Save/Exit, and PC will restart.
Now make sure XP CD/DVD is inserted in the drive, after you see DELL screen, a message will appear "Press any key to boot from CD.."
tab any key on keyboard will bring you to Windows XP setup, from there start your XP Recovery console
Hope it helps

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January 30, 2009 at 10:05:49
You could also try holding down the ctrl key during a boot and taping the F11 key.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 30, 2009 at 10:24:03
Yuhu Yuhu Yuhu
It worked!It worked!It worked!
Thank you Gary S.I had all my dissertation files on it.
I truly appreciate you help
thanks again
have a good day

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January 30, 2009 at 10:27:10
thanks aegis 1
that might also work
have a good day

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January 30, 2009 at 10:51:27
"I used OS DVD that i received with system ..."

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

You should NOT get that message if you're actually accessing the Recovery Console on the DVD!!
If you booted using the DVD, it's probably not actually accessing the Recovery Console on the DVD.

Brand name systems usually DO NOT normally come with a regular Windows CD or DVD (OEM MCE 2005 is on TWO CDs), unless you ordered the model from the web and got one (them) along with it, additionally, when you ordered it - but they sometimes come with a Recovery CD or DVD.
- you MAY NOT be able to use the Recovery CD or DVD the same way you can use a regular Windows CD
- some brand name systems have the built in ability to access the Recovery Console on the hard drive rather the CD - if you are having problems with Windows or the hard drive that Recovery Console likely will NOT work.

See the Dell web site regarding repairing just the Windows installation.

If that doesn't help, or if you want to try something else.......

You can probably fix your problem for sure without having to reload your original software from scratch if you know someone who has the two CD OEM MCE 2005 set that you can borrow - or you could buy that if you don't.

See this:
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting

My notes - Copy, Paste, Print it in Wordpad for the best result.
or - CAN PRINT THIS ARTICLE from online.

NOTE - when you enter the Recovery Console, you will be prompted to provide a password.

If there are no asterisks - **s - "stars" - the uppercase of 8 on your keyboard - to the right of password: , there is no password - just press Enter to continue.

If there ARE asterisks, the password is the same one you use as Administrator in Windows, case is important, then press Enter to continue.

It assumes you DID NOT turn off System Restore before you got this error - there must be previous restore points you can load, if you want your system to be the way it was.
If you had System Restore turned off, you will have additional work to do, if you want to even bother using this method - in that case you are better off doing a Repair install procedure.

You MUST replace all those files with their backups on most brand name systems, otherwise this procedure may not work properly - e.g. I was able to replace just the system file with the backup on a generic system that had OEM XP MCE 2005 installed on it from the two CD set, but that did NOT work on another Sony system that had the same error with XP Home on it that had it's original Sony software installation , and I had to undo the change, then I chose to run a Repair install procedure instead.
(After replacing just system on the Sony, I got the error
System error: Lsass.exe
When trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct. both normal and Safe modes, AND when I booted from a regular Windows CD, because of that error, I could NOT use the Recovery Console or do a Repair install. I had to connect the drive on another working XP computer as slave, and copy the original corrupted system file from where I had copied it to back to \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\, then jumper it master and install it again in the Sony computer. If I had deleted the original corrupted system file I would have had to re-install the software using the Recovery CD set she had made.)

You can optionally run a Repair install procedure to repair the problem, which will not delete the data you added to C since you got the computer - you may or may not have the second Repair choice when you boot with the DVD that can do that - if you don't have the choice, you must use the 2 CD OEM XP MCE set, or reload the original Dell software from scratch by running the Dell Recovery procedure from the DVD, which means you will lose the data you have added to C since you got the computer, unless you back it up first (you would need to connect the drive to another computer so you're not booting it, and copy what you can that you don't want to lose).

Many call the second Repair choice a Repair install - I prefer calling it a Repair Setup, because what it does is run Setup again without deleting the contents of C first.

How to do an XP Repair Setup, step by step:

Use the Product Key that is on the official Microsoft label on the outside of your case somewhere.

If that's successful, if certain Windows updates are present on the computer, Windows Update may be able to download updates but NONE of them will install. Try downloading and installing updates found by using the Express search on the Microsoft site - if NONE of them install, you need to re-register some Windows Update related files on the computer - I (or we) can tell you how to do that.

Also NOTE that if you use the 2 CD OEM MCE 2005 set (or any OEM 2 CD MCE set) there are bugs in MCE Setup you need to know about that have never been fixed since the first version, regarding when you need to insert the second CD, and when you need to insert the first CD the second time - if you don't do that right you will trash your existing MCE installation!
When you get about 2/3 of the way thru installing MCE from the first CD, it asks you to insert another CD, but the title of it is WRONG - insert the second CD at that point. It loads files from the second CD, then it asks you to insert a CD but the title of that is also WRONG - insert the first CD again at that point.
You MUST use the same drive for both CDs - if you have more than one, MCE Setup will not read the CD in the other drive.

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