Kernel32.dll and recovery console

February 22, 2009 at 08:49:43
Specs: Windows XP Media Centre
One problem leads to another with this system. The computer is continuously rebooting and never actually makes it to the login screen. I have determined from your forums that it is a problem with the Kernel32.dll file and that the fix is on the Win XP installation CD. The computer is an Acer that was purchased at a big box store and didn't come with the original OS Software. I loaded the backup disks that I burnt when the computer was new but all they would do is erase C and reload to factory settings. I do not want to lose the files on C.

So, I borrowed a cd from my work computer which is a dell optiplex. This of course is also not the original os cd but one that came with the system to reload. I put it in the computer and hit f12 to select boot from CD. The CD booted and scanned the system then I had a few options for which I selected R for recovery console. I was not asked for a password as indicated in several posts. I entered "cd system32" and all I can get is that there is no CD or Floppy Disk in the Drive, although the CD is there.

Is this because it is not an orginal XP Cd? Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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February 23, 2009 at 03:01:48
mmacdonald, strikes me that the likely cause of your problems can be traced back to trying to use 'foreign' software on your system. Any specialized settings would be absent on your machine.
My only thought is your own OS, but dunno whether you'll have to format (thus erasing) during installation. Perhaps a freebie open source and copy to disc?
Ed in Texas.

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