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Old 12-01-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: St. Louis Metro East
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We'll not discuss where it came from, but my 6 year old's main usage computer was used by a guest this weekend. He ended up downloading Rapid Antivirus, a supremely evil spyware program. In the process of trying to get rid of it, either it corrupted the ntoskrnl file in the windows boot directory, or I did in my flurry of virus killing activity. I do not have an XP disk, and it won't even get me safe mode or a DOS prompt so I can not do anything with this machine!

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

~D
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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It may be possible to do a system restore from the manufacturer's restore partition on the hard disk. On many machines, you can tap F12 as it starts to bring up a boot menu. Look for restore options there. That is fairly generic advice, but we'd need to now what kind of computer it is to get specific.

Another option is to borrow an XP disk, or any kind of boot disk that you can use to start the computer. Then you can expand a new copy of ntoskrnl from the I386 folder and put it back into System32.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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I didn't have any restore/repair disks for my Sony laptop, so I contacted Sony and they sent me one for cheap. So, if you can't borrow an XP disk, perhaps you could contact your computer manufacturer and they could do the same.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: kcmo
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Yah, you can order restore disks from the manufacturer..

You can load back on XP if you get a copy of OEM of the type you have.. be it home, pro.. (legally you can get a copy from a neighbor because it's just BACKUP of software you own) to know which version consult the product key on the side of your computer

My suggestion is to go this way..

Do you have important data on there you need to recover?

Pictures, Documents, Quickbooks, Favorites, Email, yada yada?

If the answer is yes.. then use another computer via a USB to IDE/Sata connector or just hook it up inside a normal computer and remove your data before doing anything else..

And then install windows/use restore disks (bare in mind you don't have to format when you install windows, you can just place a 2nd installation on the original hard drive) this basically means in english.. you don't have to recover your data as it will be there if you go this way..

If you don't then..

Just get yourself a windows disk and rebuild or use restore disks..
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:58 PM
 
Location: St. Louis Metro East
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Thanks for the replies! I wan't able to bet to anything but the setup menu, which didn't help me much...

I think I'm going to have to find a disk to borrow. There isn't any irreplacable info on there, but I still need the machine. Thanks again for the help!

~D
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