ntfs.sys missing or corrupt error message

Applies to: Microsoft Windows XP Home EditionMicrosoft Windows XP ProfessionalMicrosoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 More

Author:


Soumitra Sengupta MVP

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SUMMARY


When the user boots up he or she gets an error message that c:\windows\system32\drivers\ntfs.sys is missing or corrupted.

Tips


To resolve this problem do the followings:-
1] Boot  computer with the Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive.
2] To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
3] At the command prompt, type the following commands:-
 
 cd \windows\system32\drivers [Press the ENTER Key]
 
 ren ntfs.sys ntfs.old [Press the ENTER Key]
 
 If the ntfs.sys file is there and corrupt it will rename it. If it is not there then it was missing.
 
4]At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
copy X:\i386\ntfs.sys drive:\windows\system32\drivers [Where X=CD-ROM Drive]

5]Remove the Windows XP CD from CD-ROM drive, type quit, and then
press ENTER to quit the Recovery Console.

6. Restart the system.