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Hi, recently I have been having issues with windows.

The last time I shut it down and turned it back on, windows would not load. Instead, after the BIO and before that Windows XP loading screen, I got a message that a file was corrupted or missing, and that I could attempt to repair it by booting from the CD and selecting the "repair" option (r). Then when I press any key it restarts back the begining of the BIOS. I did what the message advised (boot from CD), and once I chose which windows to log (there was only one choice) I had that old DOS thing "<C:/WINDOWS>. I typed "help" for a list of commands, and I'm not sure which command to use.

I did get some advice from another board, and that was to create a MS DOS starter disk from a 3 1/2 floppy disk. Did that, and when I had the A: prompt (<A:/>), he told me to type "SYS C:", but when I did that it said it was an "invaild command or file name."

On a further note, this was the second time I got this "file damage blah blah blah" message. Last time I got it I just pressed any key and windows loaded without any trouble.

I don't think it's a virus, as I haven't opened, recived, downloaded any files as of late, and I just scanned with Norton, Spybot, and Ad-Aware a few days ago and it came up clean.

So that leaves me with no idea what to do. So if any of you have ideas based on those two ways, or any new ideas at all to help me fix my computer, it would be much appreciated.

*To explain the obvious, I am typing this on a secondonary computer
 

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Do as you first did, insert the Installation CD and bring up the DOS command prompt after selecting repair.

When the DOS command prompt comes up, this time type "ChkDsk".

This should scan your current installation and repair any damaged or corrupt files.
 

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First, don't use a non WinXP bootdisk for repairs, improper use (like the advice you were given about sys c:) can cause further damage that may not be recoverable.

Okay, boot from the CD again same as before and when you get to the command line type
CHKDSK C: /F
this will check/fix errors on the hard drive.

(need the /F switch for repair, no switches and chkdsk just scans drive and reports)
 

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First, don't use a non WinXP bootdisk for repairs, improper use (like the advice you were given about sys c:) can cause further damage that may not be recoverable.

Okay, boot from the CD again same as before and when you get to the command line type
CHKDSK C: /F
this will check/fix errors on the hard drive.

(need the /F switch for repair, no switches and chkdsk just scans drive and reports)
OKay, I this is what I typed:
<C:\WINDOWS>chkdsk C: /F
Then it tells me the parameter is not valid

Someone also recommended me to use the repair installation from the CD, but the option is not available.
 

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Do the same as you originally ran recovery and type
<C:\WINDOWS>CD SYSTEM32
<C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32>CHKDSK /F

If that doesn't work then do a DIR C:\chkdsk.exe /s to get the path for it. Will return something like this: Directory of C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32
Then type the full path (ie: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\chkdsk /f)

Have you tried to get into safe mode? On startup tap-tap-tap the F8 key to access the startup menu.
If you can get into safe mode then START/RUN/ type cmd and press enter, then type chkdsk /f
 

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Even with that, it still says "the parameter is invalid."

When I tried using safe mode, I got the same message after I chose to work in "safe mode"

Any more ideas? Also, do you have a hypothesis on what the problem could be?
 

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Well, chkdsk has used the /f switch (parameter) for as long as I can remember, so if it keeps replying it's not valid then chkdsk itself must be another corrupt file. Were there any system freezes/crashes before this started?

Go into safe mode then START/RUN/ type cmd and press enter, then type SFC /SCANNOW

This will run the System File Checker to replace any corrupt/missing files.
Then try CHKDSK again, first try it without switches to see if it reports.
Then do chkdsk /x (answer YES to run on next startup if busy with another process).
 

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Well, as nice as it would be, I cannot get into safe mode. I have not had any system crashes as of late. I just shut down windows, left for a couple of hours and turned it back on getting this error message.

By the way, if I reinstall windows, would there be a possibility of me keeping some of the items in my documents such as personal picture I took with my camera?
 

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first things first if you have a windows xp boot disk put that disk in and do a windows fix becasue that should cure your windows and you wont lose anything well the only thing you will lose is the windows updates that you may have put in
 

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recently I have been having issues with windows.
By the way, if I reinstall windows, would there be a possibility of me keeping some of the items in my documents such as personal picture I took with my camera?
Yep, you can reinstall and the desktop and personal files will remain the same as you left it. You will need to re-establish any file associations, IE start page, etc. that was set. Some programs require reinstall to work (ie: windows office will ask for CD).

Boot your CD and when menu...
To setup Windows....now press Enter
To Repair Windows.... press R

Press Enter and continue, then setup will detect a previous install on Drive C.
Select repair C:\Windows, setup will install a new copy of windows over the old one. When it reboots, You will need to enter the XP Product key.
 

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TheGuy said:
Well, as nice as it would be, I cannot get into safe mode. I have not had any system crashes as of late. I just shut down windows, left for a couple of hours and turned it back on getting this error message.

By the way, if I reinstall windows, would there be a possibility of me keeping some of the items in my documents such as personal picture I took with my camera?
If you reinstall Windows, I would recommend DELTREEing the WINDOWS and PROGRAM FILES directories after making sure you got all the information you need from those two directories. If your photos, for example, are already in a different directory than the other two, you don't need to do anything. Doing it this way is time consuming, but you will not lose files in MY DOCUMENTS.

If your hard drive isn't NTFS, I would recommend using a DOS boot disk with DELTREE.EXE and a batch file with two lines:

DELTREE /Y C:\PROGRAM FILES
DELTREE /Y C:\WINDOWS

This way, you don't have to be at the computer while it's doing its work. After you run the batch file, proceed with installing XP.

If your hard drive is NTFS, I don't know what to do.

Good luck.
 
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