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Windows Installation Toast

by Merl Priester / October 31, 2004 2:01 AM PST

I lost my Windows install a few days ago.
(I have everthing backed up to date- no lost data)

Reinstalled on a new drive and put the data back.

I am trying to figure why my Windows install failed.

Using the old (failed windows) as E: drive, boot.ini is missing on that drive and C:\Windows is now C:\Window
I renamed the Windows folder and restored boot.ini
but I now get netldr is missing.

When I go to recovery console, it logs into c:\winnt instead of C:\windows and does not ask for the administrator password.

My guess is that got nailed by a download in media player. It went for the "wma rights" for the download, don't remember what it was now, the system locked and then it would just reboot evertime it tried to get to the desktop.

It is not critical but I would like to know why it doesn't boot into the correct windows in recovery console. Think the registry is gone/corrupted?

Anyway, a full backup done on an external drive saved everything. A note for those of you who don't backup.

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