Err Msg: Windows Could Not Start...(Missing Ntoskrnl.exe)

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When you try to start Windows on a system with IBM OS/2 version 2.x, the following error message is displayed:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <winnt root>\System32\ Ntoskrnl.exe.


OS/2 Boot Manager creates another primary hard disk partition that is enumerated before any extended partitions.


Edit your Boot.ini file and change the partition information by performing the following steps:
  1. Remove the Read Only and System File attributes from the Boot.ini file by typing the following command at an MS-DOS or OS/2 command line:
    Attrib -S -R C:\Boot.ini
  2. Edit the Boot.ini file and change the partition number for Windows. In most cases, you need to increase the partition number by one. A typical Windows line in the Boot.ini file looks similar to the following, where x is the partition number and <ntdir> is the name of the folder into which Windows is installed:
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(x)\<ntdir>="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00"
For additional information about the Boot.ini file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
102873 BOOT.INI and ARC Path Naming Conventions and Usag


Article ID: 103673 - Last Review: February 20, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
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