Just last year I had to fix one like this. I had to use the restore media. But WAIT. We have a way to get our files out if we forgot.
Read http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?threadID=390323&tag=forums06;forum-threads where we use The LaCie Miracle data recovery method and they got their files out.
Now about the missing restore CDs. Go to hp.com and see if you can order them. For the price this is the cheap fix. If not, go price out what Windows 7 will cost.
Hi, I have a HP Pavillion dv2000 laptop that runs on Windows XP. The other day I went to turn it on and got a message about a hard disk error and to press ctrl+alt+delete. I did so, but kept ending up with the same message. Today, I went to start it up again and got the following message:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."
I do not have the original Windows CD-ROM. I tried pressing 'r' upon startup and got to the same message again.
Is there anything I can do to get my computer back up and running if I do not have this CD-ROM? Is there some place that offers a free download where I could possibly download Windows and burn it onto a disk to use to try to get my computer started again? If so, where can I find it and how would I burn Windows onto a CD as I have only burnt music on CD's?
Any help would be appreciated as I am desperate to get this running again.