An acquaintance asked me for help when his Dell Dominion 5100 pc failed to load Windows XP. In fact he had left it on went out and when he returned the screen displayed missing or corrupt c:\windows\system32\drivers\isapnp.sys to insert Windows XP disk and press ’r’ at the Welcome screen to start the Recovery Console, but as we all know pcs’ no longer come with an OS disk!
A Windows cannot not be shut down properly the usual screen with choices to start Windows in Safe Mode etc. is the only available screen!
I have searched on the web and the only solution I have found is to insert a Windows XP disk and start the Recovery Console and
1. When prompted for the Administrator password, type the password, and then press ENTER.
Note if the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
2. At the C:\Windows prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
ren c:\windows\system32\drivers\isapnp.sys isapnp.old
Note The steps in this article assume that you installed Windows XP to the C: drive. The actual location of your Windows installation may vary.
3. At the C:\Windows prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
expand cd-romdrive:\i386\isapnp.sy_ c:\windows\system32\drivers\isapnp.sys
For example, type:
expand d:\i386\isapnp.sy_ c:\windows\system32\drivers
4. After the file is successfully expanded, type exit, and then press ENTER to exit Recovery Console.
5. Restart the computer.
Can anyone throw any light on how to solve this without a Windows XP disk being available?
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