Repair a Corrupt ntoskrnl.exe File

Microsoft Windows

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

<windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Please re-install a copy of the above file

To resolve you could try booting from your windows xp cd into recovery mode or into the installed version of recovery mode and run:

cd c:\windows\system32

copy “..\driver cache\i386\ntoskrnl.exe”


cd “c:\windows\driver cache\i386”

expand -F:ntoskrnl.exe c:\windows\system32

You could also try unpacking straight from the Windows xp cd too.

However when I was doing this the hard drive of the machine started making a ticking sound and stopped responding so it looked like the file corruption was a final act of a dying hard disk.

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