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Old 05-21-2007, 05:29 AM
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Default WINNT.exe & WINNT32.exe

My XP Pro won't boot. I get "can't find operating system" when I startup The computer. On doing some research; I looked in I386 folder and found that winnt.exe nor winnt32.exe were listed. Is there any way to reinstall these files without having an XP setup disk? Also can I use Xp on two different computers with the same key when only using one computer at a time? I currently have the XP on a small capacity HD and want to put it on another computer with more RAM. So, can I just run the setup disk on the bigger computer while leaving it as is on the other? The first question about reinstalling was an issue before I got a setup disk, but I would still like to know if it is possible just so I'll know for future reference. Thanks for all your help guys, I really do appreciate being able to come here to be able not only to solve problems, but to learn more about how computers work.

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Old 05-21-2007, 11:00 AM
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Hello sarge, if you have the XP setup CD you can boot from this CD and attempt either the repair install option; press F8 to agree to the license terms select the repair option.
Or use the recovery console with the XP CD and type: 'fixboot [drive]' and 'fixmbr [drive]'

To setup without the CD would be impossible without the i386 folder taken from an XP CD and put onto the HDD you want to install on.

It could be possible to use a start-up disk to access the HDD if you had problems booting the operating system. Then you would have to initiate the setup program.

Take a look at the tutorial posted by William William on how to install without a floppy or CD this should explain how it works.

You could use you CD to setup XP on your other PC, however unless you have purchased a license from Microsoft which allows you to use it on more than one computer, you would be unable to receive certain support for your system as the OS is already registered to the other computer and you would not be able to validate it.



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