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its my 40th b'day-need present-xp not booting - fastfat.sys

by iamfrustrated / May 26, 2007 11:32 PM PDT

Hi there,

I have a legitimate version of Windows XP that came with my 2006 Acer Laptop, but did not come with a recovery or system disk?!

For a couple of days, I had been getting an error that stopped the laptop from starting up, saying it couldn't locate an operating system. Then I'd restart it and it would start as normal. Now today I have a real problem. I think I caused it by accidentally leaving a formatted CD in the drive whilst trying to turn the computer on. I'm now not able to boot my laptop.

The error I get is this:

We appologise for the inconvenience...

windows did not close successfully a recent hardware change or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding , restarted unexpectedly or was automatically shut down toprotect your files and folders, chose last known good configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you arnt sure what caused the problem, chose start up windows normally

It gives me the options of starting in 3 types of safe modes (none worked, just kept looping back to this page after a promising Windows xp start up screen, normal windows mode and also:

Last known good configuration - i've run this one several times too, and one of the times i 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 CDROM

Select R at the first screen to start repair"

Well, I don't have a setup CDROM, and have searched the net for it to no avail - can anyone help? I'm at my wits end!

Thank you,


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Call Acer support.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2007 2:24 AM PDT
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by iamfrustrated / May 27, 2007 1:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Call Acer support.

Hi Bob,

Thanks very much - i had a read - this is way too advanced for me (also says it's for Win 2000, but I guess it's all the same thing)

I was hoping to make a recovery disc from the net, as my comp is just out of warranty! That, I could manage!

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