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ntfs.sys missing or corrupt error message

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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
ntfs.sys missing or corrupt error message
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.


 
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Article ID: 555531 - Last Review: 12/10/2005 04:48:33 - Revision: 1.0

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