microsoft shared corrupt or unreadable??

March 31, 2011 at 01:53:27
Specs: Windows XP
Can't log into windows. it keeps trying to do a system check on start and will just keep cycling through this. if i tell it not to run the check i get to the log on screen and it will let me type my password but it doesn't seem to respond to enter. on one log in attempt it told me that microsoft shared is corrupt or unreadable and to run the chkdsk utility - but i can't log in to do this. I have tried to start in safe mode but it gets so far as /windows/system32/DRIVERS/null.sys and then just seems to freeze. PLEASE HELP ME!!! Thanks

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March 31, 2011 at 02:42:52
Hopefully you either have the XP disk or an installed Recovery Console, from which you can do a chkdsk /r on the system drive. But first you need to back up data, because you could lose it in the process. If that doesn't do it you may be headed for a Repair Install. See

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March 31, 2011 at 02:44:49
I can't find my recovery disk anywhere! Im also terrified of losing data. If i find anybody with an XP disk will that work????

Do you know how i can back up data if i can't log in???

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March 31, 2011 at 03:00:14
AIR, the recovery disk has to be of the same flavor - home or pro - as the install.

- If you can get to the recovery environment you can copy data over to a optical drive or external hard disk.

- You can download and make a live CD that will perform rescue functions. Most image backup programs offer this (Macrium, Easus), or you can use a utility disk such as Hiren's or Ultimate Boot.

- you can tether or slave your drive to another computer and suck out the data.

Then verify the disk's integrity, and decide whether to repair install or plow & pave.

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