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    Question Windows 2000 dilemma

    Greetings all,

    Hope this all makes sense when I am done. I have a windows 2000 system that booted the other day with the error: "ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or corrupt"

    After numerous attempts to fix it, I finally resorted to a reinstall of the W2K OS. This went fine, except for one aspect. I still have my Program files folder and can still access if i browse the C:\Drive. However, any users that are created do not get associated with this Program Files list. No matter who I sign on as, if i click on the start button, then Program Files, i get only the standard listing of 5 or so Program Files, not the full list that is really present if you go directly to that folder on the C:/drive.
    Also, MS Office was installed, but when i browse to that folder and double-click on the word executable, it tells me it must be installed from the original installed location. Any words of wisdom on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks all

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    When you reinstalled, it probably only repaired the Operating System. I found that when I "reformatted" a windows 98 pc for my mums friend ages ago. She was still able to access her work and old programs etc.

    As for Office, it requires loads of the entries that it made in the registry, so you will have to reinstall this as well. Everything that required registry entries for will now have to be reinstalled as I think the win2k recovery/reinstall repaired the OS to new installation state, but not actually reformatting your drive.

    Btw, ntoskrnl.exe is a critical windows system file, and handles a lot of the booting side of things. Windows can not boot without it, and if it became corrupt, it would have to be replaced or repaired - i.e. by reformatting the disk or repairing the Operating System.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    t would have to be replaced or repaired - i.e. by reformatting the disk or repairing the Operating System.
    to fix any system file on windows run the system file checker from RUN command on start menu by typing:

    Win 9x: sfc
    Win 2k/XP: sfc \scannow
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    Weazel,

    You are correct, it did only repair the Operating system, I didnt want to do a format of the drive. Now I am wondering if there is a way to fix the problem with the Program Files list not showing up for any user. Is there a registry hack? Some way of "re-associating" the Program Files listing with the users on the PC, without re-installing each application again... Thanks for the help...

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    You probably re-installed instead of repairing your windows 2000 partition. You usually have 2 options Repair or fresh install. If you repair, all your programs will work, if you reinstall, nothing will work. Even profiles will no longer be associated with users. Some of your programs might work (those that are not dependent on external files) while those that use custom dlls and a lot of registry info might not work.
    I suggest you reinstall your programs again.
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    The repair option did not fix the "missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe" error. So I then reinstalled the OS. Looks like i have some work ahead of me today. Thanks for the help.

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    I think you would have to reinstall all the programs, as the registry stores the program keys/values for each application, user as well as user-program associations. Only reinstalling will fix this I think (or there is another way of which I am not aware)

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