help im lost without it

September 10, 2009 at 08:35:26
Specs: Windows XP
im a teenager in school i need my laptop. recently i went to turn it on and it said that it was unable to start up to due a missing file i tried everything and still no luck please email me at with suggestions i bought it from a friend so i dont have the origanal start up disk...thanks

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September 10, 2009 at 08:41:48
At a rough guess I would say there are around 3500 files that make up windows XP. The least you could do is give us a clue as to which file it is that is missing.

Without the original start up disk you are probably screwed anyway.


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September 10, 2009 at 13:03:42
There is a possibility that you can reinstall the system to the way it came from the factory. There should be a hidden partition on the hard drive with a recovery image. Go to the manufacturer of the laptops web site and look for a 'recovery' page. The recovery is usually started by hitting a certain key(s) during a boot up.

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September 10, 2009 at 14:39:09
A word of warning concerning Response #2. You most likely can restore to factory condition.

I would like to warn you that performing a restore in that manner may cause the loss of any file and/or programs you have added yourself including any Windows updates.

Best thing is to get the disks from the friend you bought the laptop from and try a repair.

If getting restore disks from the seller is not possible you could recover files by using a live version of Linux, like Knoppix. Knoppix doesn't need Windows running to work. It installs to and runs from one CDR.

After recovering your personal files then you could perform the restore.

If you don't care about any files on the laptop that didn't come from the factory then read the screens at start up to learn what keystroke/s to use to start the restore.

A couple of other things to note. First, posting your email address in the open like that invites spam. Second, this is a public forum. As such, answers are provided publicly for all that come to benefit from.

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September 10, 2009 at 18:50:53
You should NEVER put your email address on the Internet, unless it is variably disguised so that the spammers engines cannot find it. I found it in several places using Google*** so it's probably too late. Watch out for stacks of junk email.

*** Try it. You are making your private matters very public.

some other bloke...

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